A Ticket to the Circus: A Memoir by Norris Church Mailer

By Norris Church Mailer

An excellent American love tale, this hot, humorous, revealing memoir introduces the realm to Norman Mailer’s maximum thought, his spouse of greater than thirty years. Like Zelda Fitzgerald earlier than her, Norris Church Mailer has led a existence as huge and as colourful as her husband’s—and each piece as engaging.

Growing up a strict unfastened Will Baptist within the South of the Nineteen Fifties, Norris Church, christened Barbara Jean Davis, used to be topped “Little leave out Little Rock” on the age of 3 and continually knew that existence had extra to supply her than the comforts of small-town Arkansas. yet she may perhaps by no means have guessed that during her early twenties she might date destiny president invoice Clinton (and expect his nationwide victory even after he misplaced his first run for Congress), or that the next yr she might meet Norman Mailer, who was once passing via city giving a lecture on the neighborhood university. They fell in love in a single night—and their marriage lasted thirty-three years.

Despite her enduring love for the fellow, Norris stumbled on existence with the author filled with challenges—from carving out her personal area of interest within the wake of 5 ex-wives and diverse former girlfriends, to easing her method into the hearts of her seven stepchildren, to negotiating the ferocious international of Mailer’s repute, buddies, and literary existence. The couple’s big apple events have been mythical, and their social circle incorporated such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Jacqueline Kennedy, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, and Imelda Marcos.

Their decades-long obsession with one another, as visible within the intimate letters that Norris finds the following for the 1st time, used to be now not with out exams and infidelities; theirs used to be a wedding filled with friendship, betrayal, doubts, realizing, and deep, advanced, lifelong passion.

With southern allure and wit, Norris Church Mailer depicts the whole evolution of her lifestyles, from her youth all through her excessive marriage with Norman and his heartbreaking demise. This unforgettable memoir will enchant readers with its honesty and perception into how we develop up and the way we like.

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