Church of Marvels: A Novel by Leslie Parry

By Leslie Parry

A lovely first novel, set in bright, tumultuous turn-of-the-century big apple urban, the place the lives of 4 outsiders turn into entwined, bringing irrevocable switch to them all.

New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, an evening soiler cleansing out the privies in the back of the tenement homes, unearths an deserted baby child within the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the kid, decided to discover the place she belongs.

Odile Church and her attractive sister, Belle, have been raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother’s unbelievable Coney Island sideshow. however the Church has burnt to the floor, their mom useless in its ashes. Now Belle, the family’s famous person, has vanished into the bowels of long island, leaving Odile by myself and wanting to locate her.

A younger girl named Alphie awakens to discover herself trapped around the river in Blackwell’s Lunatic Asylum—sure that her imprisonment is a ruse through her husband’s vile, overbearing mom. at the ward she meets one other younger lady of airy good looks who doesn't communicate, a woman with a rare expertise that will store them both.

As those strangers’ lives turn into more and more attached, their tales and secrets and techniques spread. relocating from the Coney Island beach to the tenement-studded streets of the decrease East aspect, a staggering human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers again to turn-of-the-century New York—a urban of difficulty and goals, love and loneliness, desire and probability. In magnetic, luminous prose, Leslie Parry bargains a richly atmospheric imaginative and prescient of the earlier in a story of remarkable attractiveness, packed with wondrous enchantments, a wonderful debut that may go away readers breathless.

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Daß es für einen Ochsen bei dieser Hitze kein reines Vergnügen ist meilenweit über Land zu trotten und Staub zu schlucken, versteht sich ja wohl von selbst noch dazu, wenn man's nicht gewöhnt ist. Jedenfalls bin ich nicht böse gewesen, als Blaschke im Osslinger Kretscham einkehrte. ‹ ruft der Kretschmer, wie er uns kommen sieht, ›der Herr Vetter aus Kamenz! ‹ ›Dem können wir abhelfend, meint der Kretschmer. ›Komm in die Schankstube an den Herrentisch! « Andrusch spießte ein großes Stück Speck aufs Messer und schnupperte dran, bevor er es in den Mund schob und fortfuhr: »Sie haben mich in den Stall gebracht, der Kretschmer von Oßling hat nach der Stallmagd gerufen.

Was aber, zum Satan, war in den sie eskortierenden Leutnant gefahren, daß er den Schlingeln auf seinem Säbel voransprengte, den er sich wie ein Steckenpferd zwischen die Beine geklemmt hatte! Angesichts dieses höchst würdelosen Verhaltens eines kursächsischen Offiziers fiel es kaum ins Gewicht, daß sich auch dessen Leute einschließlich Tambour und Korporal nicht entblödeten, bei der Hopserei mitzumachen. « kommandierte Tonda, nachdem sie den Marsch zu Ende geblasen hatten. Dann bauten die Müllerburschen sich vor dem Obristen auf, schwenkten zum Gruß die Mützen und grinsten ihn an.

Hunger haben wir außerdem. Also aufgetischt, was die Küche hergibt und Bier oder Wein dazu, das ist einerlei, wenn's nur ausreicht - und ausreichen muß es, sonst schlag ich Ihm eigenhändig die Knochen im Leib en tzwei! « Tonda pfiff durch die Zähne, leicht nur und kurz, doch die Mühlknappen in der Stube hörten ihn. Als der Altgesell mit den Werbern die Stube betrat, war sie leer. « - 54 - Während die ungebetenen Gäste sich's in der Gesindestube behaglich machten, die Halsbinden lockerten und die Gamaschen aufknöpften, steckten die Mühlknappen in der Küche die Köpfe zusammen um zu beratschlagen.

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