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Norris Church Mailer’s Upcoming Memoir

A Ticket to the Circus is a remarkable memoir—blunt, funny, extraordinarily candid and self-aware; deeply moving, as it is wonderfully entertaining; above all, a memorable double portrait of two very unusual people, a couple for whom the term meant for each other is wholly appropriate.” –JOYCE CAROL OATES
A Ticket to the Circus is an honest, witty, revealing, thoughtful, fascinating memoir — a magnificent piece of work. It makes the reader fall in love with the brave and beautiful woman Norman Mailer could not live without. We recall Norman Mailer as a literary lion, but now with this book Norris Church Mailer, too, will be remembered for many years to come.” –DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
A Ticket to the Circus is a brave memoir. Norris Church Mailer writes with grace, clarity, and verve. She achieves what a good memoirist must: believability. Norman Mailer would be proud.” –DOUGLAS BRINKLEY
Dear Editor:
She was born in a tiny Arkansas town and became a model, an actress, a painter, a writer. In the 1970’s she dated a little-known, aspiring politician named Bill Clinton, then went on to marry Norman Mailer (and stayed married to him, for over thirty years). She faced down ex-wives and lovers by the dozen; she became mother, stepmother, and grandmother to an ever-growing brood.
From age three when she was crowned Little Miss Little Rock, Norris Church Mailer has gone from one wild adventure to the next, and she shares it all in her frank, beautifully written, deeply personal memoir A Ticket to the Circus (Random House; On sale April 6, 2010). Reading her stories is like sitting down to laugh and cry with an old friend: Norris holds nothing back, from showing up to dinner with Oscar de la Renta wearing only a nightgown, to serving coleslaw to Bob Dylan; from the heartbreak of first discovering her husband’s affairs, to saying goodbye to Norman on his deathbed.
In a winning narrative voice that evokes her native Arkansas, Norris recounts her life as a bright, talented girl who knew her life would one day be as surprising and memorable as a day at the circus. With clear eyes and startling frankness, she depicts the full evolution of her marriage to Norman Mailer, from the white-hot beginning through the very rocky patches to the mournful ending, offering an incredibly intimate perspective on this legendary man of letters. A Ticket to the Circus is an intelligent, bittersweet memoir that will enchant readers with its charm and insight into how we grow up and how we love. I look forward to your April coverage of the incredible life story of Norris Mailer.
Jynne Dilling Martin
Norris Church Mailer is the author of two previous books, Windchill Summer and Cheap Diamonds. Raised in Arkansas and now a resident of Brooklyn, Norris is the mother of two sons, two stepsons, and five stepdaughters, as well as a grandmother to tow and step-grandmother to nine.