Ascension

Ascension

A Novel

Book - 2003
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As the novel opens, it is the summer of 1976. Salvo is 66 years old and has decided he can never retire. Already famous thanks to his days in an American circus, he has made a living in recent times performing solo walks of extraordinary difficulty. And so he finds himself attempting to accomplish the most difficult feat of his career: to walk a wire strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, 1350 feet from the ground. Transylvania in 1919 is a place of poverty and persecution for the Rom people. Salvo follows his father to a village church, where the senior Ursari -- the only man who volunteers for the task -- is to climb the steeple to replace a large iron crucifix that had been removed for safe-keeping during the war. He restores the cross, but it is not properly attached and as they are leaving, it falls, killing a priest. When the villagers exact their revenge, Salvo’s parents are killed and he is separated from his brother and sister. Thus begins nearly a lifetime of being forced to flee from suspicion and misfortune that takes the reader from Europe to the US to British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and back to Manhattan.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage, c2003
Edition: Vintage Canada ed
ISBN: 9780676974607
Branch Call Number: F GAL NVD
Characteristics: 279 p. ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

B. C. author Steven Galloway tells the exciting story of a man who spends his life is walking the high wire. The story runs from prewar Hungary to the United States and life in the Fraser Valley. This is a great story of hope, disappointments and dreams in life.

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