A Girl Made of Air by Nydia Hetherington

It’s hard not to have Erin Morgenstern in mind while reading this book, with fairy tale and folklore interspersed throughout the story.

Mouse is born to Marina who finds herself taken in by a travelling circus. Unwanted and unloved, she is taken under the wing of Serendipity Wilson who teaches her from a young age to become a funambulist, taking to the highest tightropes at the very top of the Big Top.

Being a circus, the characters are weird and wonderful in equal measure, and Mouse being such a quiet little thing, can move around the periphery of people and relationships without being noticed, least of all by her parents. The whole story is centred around who and where a grown up baby is. Starting at the circus, learning about Mouse’s parentage, and ending up in New York, is one hell of a journey for a little girl, then young woman, to process and come to terms with. Serendipity Wilson with her bright orange hair, is a constant through the story and in Mouse’s life.

A story well written and well told, although I did get moments of ‘where is this going’ around the middle of the book, but overall, I’m glad to have learned the story and journey of Mouse and Serendipity Wilson.

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