At twenty-six, Rachel Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America and to do it alone.
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#1 LULLABIES FOR LITTLE CRIMINALS. The fictional account of another (much younger) young lady (Baby is twelve compared to Rachel's twenty-six) on a journey. A journey that far from holding promise, leads her in and out of foster homes, a detention centre and eventually onto the streets as a prostitute.
#2 THE GOOD THIEF. Another twelve year old (this one a boy), another institute (St Anthony's Orphanage), another journey (through nineteenth century New England), will the truth about Ren's parentage be something he really wants to know?
#3. THE TRUTH ABOUT MELODY BROWNE. Her house burnt down when she is nine, her childhood memories erased, the now thirty+ year old Melody Browne is at a hypnotist show when she faints, her memories coming back.
#4 THE MESMERIST. Another practise not without its fair share of charlatans and fraudulent chancers Miss Cordelia Preston, ageing, out of work actress, emerges as Lady Phreno. Her success unstoppable .... especially after she meets the enigmatic Monsieur Roland.
#5 THE NIGHT CIRCUS. Revolving around Le Cirque des Reves (The Circus Of Dreams), the story of two enigmatic, egotistical and, if their latest prodigies are anything to go by, cruel magicians who are engaged in a rivalry to end all rivalries.
#6 THE LOLLIPOP SHOES. Just as the night circus is simply there when yesterday it was not so just as the wind suddenly stops into the lives of Yanne and her daughters blows Zozie de l'Alba, the lady with the lollipop shoes.