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Swan Gondola
Swan Gondola | Timothy Schaffert
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A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers, set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight seances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World s Fair.On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World s Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair. One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine, playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, transforms changes everything, and the fair s magic begins to take its effect. Reminiscent of" Water for Elephants "or "The Night Circus," "The Swan Gondola "is a transporting read."
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Mamashep
Swan Gondola | Timothy Schaffert
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Guys, if you haven‘t read Schaffert before, now‘s the chance to pick up his most recent book. I‘m excited to hear he‘s taking a sabbatical from his teaching career - fingers crossed it means the book he‘s been working on will get out out into the world. #localauthor #Omaha

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Mamashep
The Swan Gondola | Timothy Schaffert

#phillymeetup looks like it was so much fun! Are there any other Littens from the #Omaha area who might be interested in an #omahameetup?

SaraBeagle Wahoo! Another Omaha Litten!! 2y
ErinC I'm in Omaha! 2y
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Paperback.Propensity
The Swan Gondola | Timothy Schaffert
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It looks so good naked

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janeycanuck
Swan Gondola | Timothy Schaffert
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The pacing was a bit off but there was a magical feel that made me think of the Night Circus, which I loved, and it was great to revisit that feeling.

BookishMarginalia Love the cover! 3y
janeycanuck @BookishMarginalia yeah, it's gorgeous. And has a really beautiful texture, too! 3y
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WhiteDayLilies
The Swan Gondola | Timothy Schaffert
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This book was given to me for my birthday last year so it's been awhile, but I remember that I enjoyed it very much. There is a hidden magical quality to this story. Not as "in your face" as The Night Circus, which it's often compared to...but the love story felt real, sad, beautiful. ❤️?

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