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Charivari is the story of Professor of Psychiatry Thomas Quincy's kaleidoscopic mid-life journey across 1960's America, a poignant search for redemption and forgiveness, shaped by the anguish of growing up with a domineering father, a father who loved his Big Top Circus more than his own family. Quincy's is a search for simple human truths. But does it come too late? And a ...more
Paperback, 1st, 252 pages
Published March 24th 2012 by Harry Posner (first published November 24th 2011)
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Andrew
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like the Ten-in-One sideshows of the circus he writes about, Harry Posner delivers a fascinating melange of weird and wonderful characters in his debut novel. One can tell that Charivari evolved into a novel - Posner is a master short-story writer, and the book is essentially a series of character explorations, each of which could stand on its own. There is an interesting background thread to the protagonist, but there are only hints that we could use the various character short stories as metap ...more
Krista McCracken
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I received this book as part of the FirstReads program.

Charivari is written in an episodic style that follows the journey of Tomas Quincy. Quincy's seemingly spur of the moment journey takes him across distances to meet members of his father's circus and those who knew the circus performers.

I enjoyed the breadth of characters Quincy meets, it really shows the range of political and social positions which existed in the US in the 1960s. Posner's writing style is akin to a numbe
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Harry
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Now available at www.posnerbooks.com. I'm the author, so I'm biased. But for a first novel I am proud to have my name on the cover. It was released a couple of months ago and is getting rave reviews from all quarters. The book is episodic and filled with delightful and strange stories of circus characters from the 1930's and 40's. You'll laugh, you'll cry... A damn good read.
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