Tessa Fontaine’s debut memoir about running away to perform with America’s last traveling sideshow is available for pre-order now in book stores and on Amazon. The book launch will be at Hub City Book Store in Spartanburg, SC on May 1. Fontaine will then tour the west coast in May with other possible east coast/southern dates later. For dates and locations, check her website.
Early reviews have raved about the book. Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, says: “Fascinating . . . This remarkable, beautifully written memoir explores the depth of mother-daughter love and the courageous acts of overcoming fear and accepting change.” Lidia Yuknavitch, bestselling author of The Book of Joan, says: “A breathtaking, fire-eating, heart-stopping, death-defying thrill.” Susannah Cahalan, author of the New York Times bestseller and soon-to-be feature film Brain on Fire, says: “Tessa Fontaine is a real-life snake charmer—her writing hooked and hypnotized me from page one. I had to read just one more chapter, just one more until I reached the end of her extraordinary memoir, dismayed that it was over but so grateful for the unforgettable ride.”
Book Page, the monthly book review publication distributed to over 400,000 readers through bookstores and libraries, just listed Fontaine as one of Eleven Women to Watch in 2018.