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A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the twentieth century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers.

Like today’s Beyonce, Madonna, and Cher, she was known to her vast public by just one name, Leitzel. There may have been some regions on earth where her name was not a household expression, but if so, they were likely on polar ice caps or in the deepest, darkest jungles.

Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. Stranding four-feet-ten-inches tall and weighing less than one hundred pounds, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever—the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived. He was the only man in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, “The Triple”—three somersaults in midair while traveling at sixty miles per hour. 

Gorgeously written, Queen of the Air is a story of love found and love lost in the glittery, dangerous world of daredevil stunts. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mesmerizing—part fable, part history, and part dream.  Meticulously researched, Queen of the Air reads like a fine novel.”

    Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

  • “Daring the devil with consummate grace is what many of the circus arts are all about, aerially or in the ground game. These two nonpareil performers—flyers both—ultimately crashed, but not before putting on a glistering show.”

    Edward Hoagland, author of Children are Diamonds

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