A Sideshow Journey by Liesa Swejkoski
Calliope “Calli” Tiller’s family has a bizarre secret; one that she has scrupulously kept from her friends and acquaintances from the time she was a child. Calli’s mother is a “Bearded Lady” in the sideshow. Calli makes and remakes her life, trying to manage her world and lead a normal existence, until her heart and mind are shattered by circumstances she cannot control. Along the way she confronts violence, disease, and abuse and discovers the meaning of true beauty. Her story's an unexpected adventure and a remarkable testament to love, family, and the will to live life to the fullest.