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Genres :Fiction , Romance
Published By : Doubleday
Published On : Sep 13, 2011
ISBN : 0385534639 (ISBN13: 9780385534635)
Format :Hardcover
Language :English
No. of pages : 391
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    “The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”
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    “You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
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    “People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
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    “Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it's really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.”
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    “Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
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  • 5 

    Generous in its vision and fun to read. Likely to be a big book—and, soon, a big movie, with all the franchise trimmings.

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  • The novel is — and it’s an odd thing to say about a work of fiction — just too real to be believed.

    Oct 07, 2011 Read full review
  • There is an appealing zest to this and the many other wonders that Morgenstern has created, and if her book isn't entirely satisfactory in the ways one might expect, it still functions as an eminently intriguing cabinet of curiosities.

    Sep 10, 2011 Read full review
  • Debut author Morgenstern doesn't miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love set in a turn of the 20th-century circus.

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  • If the preamble -- so aptly titled "Anticipation" -- doesn't make you sit right down on the floor of your library or bookstore to see what Morgenstern conjures up next, you may not be the right reader for this novel. I'll wager, however, that you will fall quickly under her spell.

    Sep 10, 2011 Read full review
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