This copy of A Girl Made Of Air was gifted to me by Quercus Books – thank you Quercus!
Publication Date: 3rd September 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
‘Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus.
Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again?
Beautiful and intoxicating, A Girl Made of Air brings the circus to life in all of its grime and glory; Marina, Manu, Serendipity Wilson, Fausto, Big Gen and Mouse will live long in the hearts of readers. As will this story of loss and reconciliation, of storytelling and truth.’ – Goodreads
I’ve been enchanted by A Girl Made Of Air ever since I read the synopsis, so I was so grateful to receive a copy of this from Quercus Books! Telling the story of the ‘Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived,’ A Girl Made Of Air is a spellbinding tale that you can’t miss!
Our narrator is unnamed, known only to us as Mouse – this certainly adds an element of mystery to the story.
I was a thing born of air, no longer bound to the filth of the earth like the rest.
Told in fragments, A Girl Made Of Air is a richly intertwined work of fiction. It is made up of letters, interviews and other forms of memoir, which, although might seem confusing at times, it actually works to tell the story in a beautiful way. There’s a lot of grittiness to Hetherington’s writing and they’re not afraid to show the ‘grimness’ of real circus life. At the same time, as to be expected from the topic, the writing flows from the page.
Something I loved about the novel is how real the characters feel. I really appreciated that the protagonist is not the only character with depth – each has desires, motivations and negative traits. There’s a lot of greyness to the story which I LOVE in a novel.
As I look out of my window, every person I see has their own wire to walk.
Overall, this isn’t your typical circus tale. I’ve seen a lot of people comparing it to The Night Circus for its similar settings, but from what I understand, they could not be more different. There’s no magic in this tale, unless the narrator has put it there purposefully.