The year is 1933, and on a sweltering summer morning, a baby is delivered in a hatbox to the Century of Progress Exposition - The World's Fair - in Chicago. The very, very tiny baby, born three months early, is brought by his desperate young father to the fair's famous incubator doctor, who exhibits live premature infants to the fair's gawking crowds. This doctor, the father hopes, will save his son. Before the summer ends and the fair closes, a remarkable cast of characters will come to have an investment in the fragile baby's life - Dr. Lep Hoffman, the doctor who cares for him; Caroline Day, the fair's beautiful fan dancer; and St. Louis Percy, the fan dancer's cousin, friend, and protector, whose stake in the baby's future becomes the most serious of them all.
In the strange world of the fair, a place of freaks and marvels, mysteries, miracles - and even murders - the notion of what is "normal" is suddenly in question. Inspired by the real life and work of an early neonatologist, Carrie Brown once again celebrates love's transforming power with a richly imagined, deeply affecting story.
about Carrie Brown
Carrie Brown is the author of The New Christmas Tree and the owner of the acclaimed Jimtown Store in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. She has celebrated every December for the past 23 years by decorating uncommon Christmas trees for the store, her home, and her clients. Feature articles on Carrie’s decorating style and recipes have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Food & Wine, Country Home, and Sunset. Her kitchen design and store were featured on Food Network’s Ultimate Kitchens and HGTV’s Country at Home. She is the co-author of TheJimtown Store Cookbook (HarperCollins, 2002) and frequently works as a stylist for books, print, and other media.