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Clowns Win ABC Fiction Prize.

Why is it that when the winner of the ABC Fiction Award for Emerging Writers is described as a sinister clown novel where the protagonist, Jamie, "is press-ganged into working for the Pilo circus as a clown with supernatural powers" where "he has to face up to the dark side of his own human nature" that I am not filled with excitement and joy?

Because it sounds stupid? Pretty much. Still, here's hoping that it's not, but in addition to the clowns, it's a novel that has gotten published through competition and, generally speaking, they're weaker things.

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artbroken
Mar. 29th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for a good novel about circus freaks - and you're not, I know, but you should be - I recommend Katherine Dunn's Geek Love.
benpeek
Mar. 29th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
you know, i don't have anything against circus freak stories. really, i don't. it's just that so many of them are the same story. it's terrible. without knowing anything about the winner there (and really, i have no idea about it--could be fantastic) the description of it is not filling me with hope.

i've heard of the dunn novel before, actually. i'll keep an eye out.
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benpeek
Mar. 29th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
well, y'know, i HAD been working on it all week...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 25th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Clown novel
Well, the judges' names did fill me with trepidation....but on the subject of circus novels, does anyone know what happened to Martin Buzacott? He was the toast of the gliterati back in the late 1980's. Now he could write a clown novel, although as per the comment posted above, it always did seem to be the same clown novel.
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