A bizarre, compelling first person account of life in a travelling carnival/ religious sect. Olympia, the main character, lives and works happily as a lesser attraction (to the Aqua boy & musical siamese twins) in the family freak show. However, older brother Arty the Aqua boy's insecurities about being the star of his family begin to grow, and he begins to lead them all down a sinister route in order to fulfil his own needs & dreams.
This report prepared by Ali McCormick
This is a rather bizarre and disturbing story about a father who is so obsessed with saving his traveling carnival that he has his wife ingest drugs, insecticides, radioisotopes and the like in order to produce 'special' children with which to populate his side shows. Arty is known as 'Aqua Boy' because he was born with flippers, Elly and Iphy are siamese twins who have separate upper bodies, but share one set of legs, Chick looks normal, but is endowed with superhuman strength, and Oly, the protagonist, was born simply with albinoism, baldness, and a humpback. This is a story to make you see that even those who seem so unlike us are disturbingly similar.
This report prepared by Julie L.