September 10, 2011 10:15 PM

Book review | ‘The Night Circus’: Literary magic under the big top

Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus” is a standout. With echoes of Alice Hoffman (fairy tale magic), Audrey Niffenegger (teleporting) and J.K. Rowling (young wizards, here magicians), Morgenstern’s debut is lifted by its poetic writing, winking literary allusions and thematic cohesion.

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