Robin Nash

A Desperate Need to be Acknowledged

The Invisible Circus

By Jennifer Egan

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It is 1978, eight years after Phoebe O’Connor’s elder sister Faith died mysteriously in Italy while travelling in Europe. Phoebe is eighteen, just graduated from high school in San Francisco and desperate to be exactly like her sister. Jennifer Egan’s first novel, The Invisible Circus, charts Phoebe’s emotional journey, from childhood to womanhood, through the literal journey she undertakes when she follows her sister’s European itinerary.

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