Named a Most Anticipated Book by the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Literary Hub, and the Root
Circus Palmer, a 40-year-old trumpet player and old-school ladies' man, lives for his music and refuses to be tied down. Before a gig in Miami, he learns that the woman who is secretly closest to his heart, the free-spirited drummer Maggie, is pregnant by him. Circus flees, setting off a chain of revelations from the various women in his life. Most notable among them is his teenage daughter, Koko, who idolizes him and is awakening to her own sexuality. Warrell spins a provocative and gripping story of fathers and daughters, wives and single women, and hope and reconciliation, in answer to the age-old question: how do we find belonging when love is unrequited?