The time is late nineteenth century, the place “A Barnum and Bailey’s Circus on tour just ten years after the civil war. DiDi, one of the performing dwarf falls in love with Lazlo, the five-foot one trapeze sensation and rejects the amorous attention of the diminutive attendant of her midway act. She learns about the value of true love when she succumbs to lust that blinds her reasoning.
Finalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Finalist, (top six) Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award.
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An Illustrated print version is available: Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles; 2000-2016
This story is available free as a graphic story, illustrations by Peter Healy.
Music: “Aura Lee”