Lesley Sussman is an award-winning journalist who lives and works in New York City. He is the author of more than 20 non-fiction books and three novels. In his long-time career as a professional journalist, he took sabbaticals to work as a Deputy Sheriff in Chicago and a carnie down South where he and his late friend, Sally Bordwell, a Chicago-based photographer and author, spent a year in the 1960’s working with various freakish sideshow attractions . Their photographs and text about carnival life are now part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. The experience of carnival life in the Louisiana bayous is the inspiration for this novel.