"This imaginative fictional memoir of an aristocratic young ballerina who becomes a fortune teller in a circus after her world falls a part swallowed me. I couldn’t put it down. Audrey Berger is an extraordinary writer and Circus of the Queens, simply put, is wonderful! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves language, history, magic and the joy of being swept into the life of a complex and riveting female character."
—Sara Driver, writer, producer, director
Coming in 2017.
Circus of the Queens: The Fortune-Teller's Fate
BY Audrey Berger Welz
From Imperial Russia to Savannah, Georgia and beyond a family circus, and a bitter, scorned love drives to the heart of this saga of identity, fate, and the steps we take to find who we are in this world
Donatalia dances at the Winter Palace just as the Russian Revolution comes and obliterates the life she thought she would have. Forced leave her dreams behind, she must move to the new world to start a new life. Having lost family, fortune and country, she unexpectedly finds herself reuniting with Vladimir, heir to the most celebrated Russian circus, dazzling high wire walker, and the object of a long-forgotten crush she harbored as a child.
Both struggling to let go of the past, they reconnect and share an intimacy only they can understand. Donatalia follows Vladimir and becomes the circus fortune teller and it is through her eyes this story is told.
A poetic adventure of revenge, love, and loss Circus of the Queens: The Fortune Teller’s Fate is a stunning debut from an exciting new talent and begs the question how does one define themselves when their whole world is lost.
Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Paperback, 2017: 9781945572968
US $17.95 | Fiction
Also available in ebook formats
Audrey Berger Welz earned a degree in Aesthetic Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, worked in film in San Francisco, then moved, to New York City to pursue music where she collaborated with composers on projects for television, film, and live production. An avid photographer, she sings nightly to her husband, and immerses herself in writing every day.
Raised in Akron, Ohio by a salesman father who serenaded the family on violin and brought home stray animals, and a mother who taught kindergarten, Audrey lives in Manhattan with her husband and two very naughty shelter cats. Circus of the Queens: The Fortune Tellers Fate, is her debut novel. She is currently writing a sequel titled Circus of the Queens: The Shadow of Lillya.