The Night Circus (Doubleday, $26.95) has received rave reviews both nationwide and from P&P booksellers. Inspired by the interactive dramatic magic of the Punchdrunk Theatre Company, Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel imagines the world’s most extraordinary traveling circus. Celia and Marco have been raised from childhood as adversaries, though they’re unaware of their contest; Le Cirque des Rêves is the arena in which they compete by performing ever more imaginative, beautiful, and complex illusions. At their most thrilling, the enchantments generate a mystical conversation; however, the sorcery of the pair’s rival mentors has bound the couple to play out their beautiful task to a deadly conclusion. You will be transfixed by this intricately conceived drama, which blends magic and intrigue with the loves, longings, ambitions, and, ultimately, loss of these unique conjurors.
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