Susan V. Meyers Failing the Trapeze

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Failing the Trapeze

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Fifteen-year-old Theresa Williams has just settled under the oak tree in her front yard to read a book when she notices the boot dangling at eye-level. She knows immediately who the dead man is, hanging in the heavy foliage of the family oak tree. That is, she knows Lawrence’s name, his deep unhappiness, and how he came to live with her and her mother Maxine, a woman who rages at him constantly, inexplicably. But Theresa will learn the truth about Lawrence, when the turmoil that surrounds the mother and daughter explodes.

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Susan V. Meyers received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She currently teaches creative writing at Seattle University. Meyers has published in Calyx, Dogwood, Oregon Humanities Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Rosebud Literary Magazine, The Minnesota Review, among others, and she is the recipient of a Fulbright award. She is currently working on another historical novel about her family s circus, which operated during the early part of the twentieth century, as well as an ethnographic monograph about literacy and migration in the U.S./Mexico context.

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Failing the Trapeze is a tremendously moving tale of how the consequences of intensely private decisions reverberate down through the generations of a family, lying dormant beneath the surface like land mines until the weight of a simple misstep causes them to detonate. Meyers is a keen observer of the raw, weary foibles of humankind, and she brings vivid life to a narrative that spans decades, wars, and personal catastrophe in its ultimate journey toward comprehension and compassionate acceptance. --Cary Groner, author of Exiles

After her father dies, Theresa Williams is left alone with her difficult and distant mother and Lawrence, a family friend, a fallen priest, the only one, it seems, who listens to her. When Lawrence commits suicide, Theresa is compelled to find out why. Susan V. Meyer s Failing the Trapeze is a mystery in the best sense: it unravels the ways that family secrets both drive us apart and bind us to one another. The characters are unforgettable and the stories of their passions and fears are expertly woven together, reflecting the truth that none of us is singular, although we often feel we are. This is an ambitious and stunning debut novel. --Beth Alvarado, author of Anthropologies and Not a Matter of Love

This book will pull you right in with the heartbreak of its opening pages and not let go until its characters have revealed to you the terrible secrets of lust and loneliness that rip a family apart. Luminously written, layered with complexity across generations, and set in the rich unknown corners of a family circus, Failing the Trapeze is, quite simply, an exquisite novel --Sonora Jha, author of Foreign

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