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Joe goes to work as a carnie for a week and meets wordly gypsies: Carlos, a young man looking for trouble; Lady Fortuna, a guilt ridden old fortune teller; Pinda, a self assured young woman he thinks he might want to run off to see the world with; and Miss Toulon, who decided where to place the glass maze having been told in no uncertain terms by loud voices in her head. But Lisa, who has also just graduated from Joe's high school, shows up. She's no longer a shy stranger, and Joe falls for her too, even though choosing her would mean staying on the farm. Strange things happen and there are rumors that the glass maze is haunted and evil. Furthermore, it has plans to free itself, even if it means taking down the whole carnival-and Joe's life-with it.
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review by . March 31, 2012
   Young Joe has a strange dream the night before he goes to work at the carnival. But he’s only leaving for a week. He’ll be back in plenty of time to help his father bring in the hay. And if he meets some strange people, well they won’t be any stranger than his gay uncle and crazy aunt.   This is small-town America in the 1970s, and author Peter Joseph Swanson brings it vividly to life, from rain and mud to politics and bright lights. The carnies just want …
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