Sue Lawton is an amazing artist from here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and she is working on her new book entitled ‘The Circus and the Cyclone.’ This new book is a piece of fantastical historical fiction set against the worst natural disaster in Wisconsin’s history – the destruction of the town of New Richmond by a tornado in 1899. The event was made even more tragic because a traveling circus had also arrived that day, attracting many outside visitors to the town.
Using this backdrop, she has created a narrative that weaves between a pair of childhood friends, now grown and fallen in love, a pair of clowns competing for the affections of a beautiful contortionist traveling with the circus and a megalomaniac human cannonball who dreams of flying to the moon. All of these stories culminate when the tornado suddenly strikes, turning fates and revealing hidden truths.
The Circus and the Cyclone is being made in to a book, which you can help fund at Kickstarter.