Catherine Bush

October 13, 2017

The Jugglers

02_Devillers-Carole_Boys-juggling-at-sunsetThis moody, mysterious image returns me to the world of my last novel, Accusation, and the children’s circus within it and within the circus the child jugglers and flame throwers. Accusation was published four years ago last month. For weeks every time I’ve heard a jetliner creaking in the sky, I’ve thought of the soundtrack of Mike Hoolboom’s beautiful book trailer, made for the book’s launch, which opens with an airplane’s call and uses silhouettes to gesture, as the novel does, towards all that we can’t know about others.

 

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— Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby