CIRCUS CANNONBALL by Judy Varga

CIRCUS CANNONBALL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Varga's answer to a bored housewife's dilemma should satisfy traditionalists despite the unusual job her heroine ends up with. Though Mrs. Morelli travels with the circus she's understandably restless: while her husband performs daily (""and twice on Saturday"") as a human cannonball, her son rides a motorcycle on the high wire, and ""even"" her daughter Lola, a magician's assistant, is daily sawed in half, Mrs. Morelli's greatest adventure is making spaghetti sauce. After trying out a number of unexciting odd jobs around the circus she's about ready to go back to the kitchen--but when her husband's assistant quits, Mrs. Morelli pinch-hits, and she creates such a spectacle by mixing hot pepperoni seeds (her secret spaghetti ingredient) with the cannon powders that she gets to keep the job and her happy home too. Demonstrating, it seems, that a woman's place is behind her husband whether she's feeding him from the kitchen or fueling his career. And Varga's predominately pink domestic and circus scenes are as conventional as her message.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1975
Publisher: Morrow