Roustabout: A Fiction

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Mat is a female tent-rigger in an American travelling circus. This book contains a series of interconnected stories through three years of her life, as she dreams of a man who will love her and marry her.

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'Life under the Big Top – according to Chalfoun's account – is anything but glamorous. The clown is an alcoholic, the tattooed lady is a heroin addict and the girl on the flying trapeze ends up in a wheelchair. If the author's intention is to show the grim reality under the grease-paint, she has succeeded'
CHRISTINA KONING, 'The Times'

''Roustabout' is a tour de force of narrative energy… it moves through the life of its gritty young heroine, Mat, a tent rigger in a travelling circus, with a tense, pent-up urgency that had me turning the pages as if it were a thriller… Chalfoun makes you see (and smell) the texture of her people's grimy, dead-end lives – pie-plate ashtrays and vinyl-walled trailers and stopped-up Portosans. The despair is palpable… the explosive denouement truly shocking'
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'Chalfoun draws the reader into the spell-binding, albeit disturbing, world of circus life… Full of raw energy, 'Roustabout' may leave the reader feeling simultaneously unnerved and oddly hopeful'
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