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Mixing the eccentricity of the circus world and the heart of a love story, The Thunder of Giants is a warm and engaging debut about two exceptional women—both almost eight feet tall.

The year is 1937 and Andorra Kelsey—7’11 and just under 320 pounds—is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. Hoping to escape both poverty and the ghost of her dead husband, she accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the nineteenth century. Thus, Anna Swan’s story unfurls. Where Andorra is seen as a disgrace by an embarrassed family, Anna Swan is quickly celebrated for her unique size.

Drawn to New York, Anna becomes a famed attraction at P. T. Barnum’s American Museum even as she falls in love with Gavin Clarke, a veteran of the Civil War. Quickly disenchanted with a life of fame, Anna struggles to prove to Gavin—and the world—that she is more than the sum of her measurements. The Thunder of Giants blends fact and fiction in a sweeping narrative that spans nearly a hundred years. Against the backdrop of epic events, two extraordinary women become reluctant celebrities in the hopes of surviving a world too small to contain them.

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  • “Take equal parts Peter Carey, Michael Chabon, and Erin Morgenstern, throw them in a blender, and serve in a glass with a seven-foot, five-and-a-half-inch Krazy Straw. The colossally entertaining result is Joel Fishbane’s The Thunder of Giants.

    Myla Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season and The False Friend

  • “As it turns out, the biggest thing about these amazing women is their hearts.”

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About the Author

Joel Fishbane is a novelist, playwright, sous-chef, actor, trivia host, amateur boxer, occasional clarinet player, and general man about town. His various plays, short stories, articles, critiques, and literary musings have been published, performed, honored, and otherwise applauded in Canada, the United States and Europe. He lives in Toronto and almost always wears a hat.