The novel takes place in 1971 and seventeen-year-old Sarah Cunningham is consumed by wanderlust. When her passion for capturing interesting subjects through her camera lens leads Sarah to a grassy lot one day, she becomes immediately mesmerized by the fascinating circus life that surrounds her. Eager to fit in and in need of a passport into a world beyond her reach, Sarah escapes her scripted suburban life, makes the circus her family, and loses her virginity to West, a handsome performer with a gift for handling wild animals. In this coming-of-age story, a restless teenager embarks on a journey of self-discovery during the 1970s after she runs away with the circus and discovers that life under a tent is as unpredictable as she is.
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Elizabeth C. Wellington has had a long career as a Spanish professor and college textbook editor in New England. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University and holds a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Before entering the field of university teaching, she worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. Her college language teaching experience is extensive and includes full-time positions at Wellesley, Babson, Simmons and Boston University.