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New Release: The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise

41nvbt6-yRL._SL160_By Julia Stuart
Doubleday | 320pgs
Relase Date: August 10, 2010

Julia Stuart creates a whimsical and amusing menagerie of humans and animals alike, in The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise: A Novel. Modern day Beefeater Balthazar Jones and his wife Hebe live in the Tower of London, along with an unusual assortment of staff members that man the historical monument. Dealing all day with tourists, both curious and cranky, distracts him from greiving the loss of his 11-year-old son, Milo. The boy’s death lies heavily on the couple, and Hebe is desperate to talk about their loss and share her grief. But, Balthazar attempts to further avoid the subject by becoming engrossed in the odd hobby of collecting rainwater in Egyptian perfume bottles. When the Beefeater is unexpectedly assigned the job of creating a menagerie to house all the exotic animals gifted to the Queen, the population of the Tower grows even more strange and colorful. The folly and foibles of two-legged and four-legged creatures combine to tell an endearing love story.

What critics are saying:
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise is Julia Stuart’s second novel. Her first, The Matchmaker of Périgord was published in 2008. The author’s sophomore effort has charmed both readers and critics. The Denver Post raves: “The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is the perfect summer confection — feather-light without being feather-brained. Julia Stuart has penned a work that is original and every-page amusing, and she’s peopled it with characters that move into your heart.”

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