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Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
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Nov 29, 2011

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Jane’s mother passed away when she was a young girl. Her mother never spoke about her own childhood. So Jane is surprised to inherit a house from a grandfather she didn’t even realize was alive. The house is filled with mementos from her grandfather’s life as a circus performer. Jane also learns about her mother’s life and a club she formed and she begins to remember more and more about her mother, especially stories she used to tell usually involving mermaids. As she begins to unravel secrets in her mother’s past she learns about herself as well. [return][return]This is a growing up and finding your identity kind of story with a paranormal twist and a little romance. I thought it was a slow starter, as there is lots of focus on the setting. The are lots of details about circus life and Coney Island in particular. Anyone who enjoys coming of age stories or circus life may enjoy this read.

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