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

By Norris Church Mailer

An outstanding American love tale, this hot, humorous, revealing memoir introduces the realm to Norman Mailer’s maximum concept, his spouse of greater than thirty years. Like Zelda Fitzgerald ahead of 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 Fifties, Norris Church, christened Barbara Jean Davis, used to be topped “Little pass over Little Rock” on the age of 3 and constantly knew that existence had extra to supply her than the comforts of small-town Arkansas. yet she may by no means have guessed that during her early twenties she may date destiny president invoice Clinton (and expect his nationwide victory even after he misplaced his first run for Congress), or that the next 12 months 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 discovered lifestyles with the author choked with challenges—from carving out her personal area of interest within the wake of 5 ex-wives and various former girlfriends, to easing her manner into the hearts of her seven stepchildren, to negotiating the ferocious global of Mailer’s repute, acquaintances, and literary existence. The couple’s manhattan events have been mythical, and their social circle integrated 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 unearths right here for the 1st time, used to be now not with no checks and infidelities; theirs was once a wedding packed with friendship, betrayal, doubts, realizing, and deep, advanced, lifelong passion.

With southern attraction and wit, Norris Church Mailer depicts the complete evolution of her lifestyles, from her adolescence 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 adore.

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