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Time: June 1, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm
Location: Horizon Books
Street: 243 E. Front St.
City/Town: Traverse City
Website or Map: http://www.horizonbooks.com
Event Type: literary
Organized By: Horizon Books, Traverse City
Latest Activity: Apr 18
Author Signing: Steven Fernand, Appalachian Carnival, at Horizon Books, Traverse City.
May Day, 1970… Annabelle Cory, a comely 19-year-old, disheartened with her West Virginia coal-town life, meets Walt Ryder, who runs a game in a traveling carnival and wins a date with her after the show closes. Abandoning all caution for her shot at adventure and romance, she goes with Walt to his hotel bed, and the next night leaves home with his carnival.
Narrating her tale of the following week, Annabelle’s voice is laced with mountain dialect and carnival jargon, yet woven with language begotten from her love of reading. Her love for Walt takes wing amid blind lust, spiraling in and out of her heart as she follows him into the razzle-dazzle world of McCain’s Magic Midway.
Appalachian Carnival tells of a time when showmen were in cahoots with the local law, a time when psychedelics were taken for trips inward. S.M. Fernand, in each chapter/day, alludes to aspects of a Tarot card’s archetypal symbolism---the story shape-shifting to allegory.
Annabelle, seeking her liberation amid a caravan of carnies, rolls the dice to win a ride on the wheel of fortune, and finds herself awakening within the soul of all.