The Circus Train

The Circus Train by Amita Parikh

Title:  The Circus Train
Author:  Amita Parikh
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 413
Date of US Publication:  6 December, 2022
My Rating:  3 Stars

My Thoughts 

Utterly entrancing concept but delivered in such a way that I just wasn’t able to get into the flow of this story - it felt like it was missing too much, after approaching a lot of topics. 

I will certainly pick up the author’s future works, but this one was for me, a miss. Take my opinion with a grain of sand, however, as most readers seemed to love this. 

eARC kindly provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


International Bestseller and #1 LibraryReads Pick for December 2022

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in this World War II debut about a magnificent travelling circus, a star-crossed romance, and one girl’s coming-of-age during the darkest of times.

“A powerful reminder that to live is not just to survive, but to be seen and known for ourselves.” —Pam Jenoff, author of 
The Orphan’s Tale

When all is lost, how do you find the courage to keep moving forward?

1938. Lena Papadopoulos has never quite found her place within the circus, even as the daughter of the extraordinary headlining illusionist, Theo. Brilliant and curious, Lena—who uses a wheelchair after a childhood bout with polio—yearns for the real-world magic of science and medicine, her mind stronger than the limitations placed on her by society. Then her unconventional life takes an exciting turn when she rescues Alexandre, an orphan with his own secrets and a mysterious past.

As World War II escalates around them, their friendship blossoms into something deeper while Alexandre trains as the illusionist’s apprentice. But when Theo and Alexandre are arrested and made to perform in a town for Jews set up by the Nazis, Lena is separated from everything she knows. Forced to make her own way, Lena must confront her doubts and dare to believe in the impossible—herself.


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