Never Trust a Tiger

A Story of a Lady Lion Tamer. A Novel

by Char Valdez



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/18/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 118
ISBN : 9781532085970
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 118
ISBN : 9781532085987

About the Book

This is a fictionalized story about a circus and my great-aunt Marie, who was a lion tamer during the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. She worked for the Al G. Barnes Circus and, later, Barnum and Bailey. She traveled across the United States and Europe, performing with the big cats, as well as with dancing bears, giant dogs, and other animals. She was known as the best-dressed woman in the circus and was often billed as Princess Florines. She was injured countless times but returned to the work she loved with animals despite her injuries. She was in many creative acts, and in most she played a little girl. Being of small stature and very beautiful, she played fairy-tale characters in many of her acts.

About the Author

Char Valdez is a native of California living in New Mexico with her husband, Sonny, and her dog, Jake. This is her first novel. Char loves a good performance and was, for a time, a belly dancer herself. Performing in restaurants and at festivals, she danced with a friend’s forty-pound ball python only once—depicted in this book. Remembering the circuses from her childhood, Char has recreated some scenes, along with the smells and adrenaline, that come with the circus. As an animal lover, she does not like to see animals in captivity and out of their natural habitats. Many circus stories have bad trainers, and almost all have a fire that destroys animals and the circus leaving them to rebuild. Char doesn’t like fires or cruelty, so those are left out here. Char does love fortune-tellers, steamy love affairs, and a little danger. She feels the very soul of her great-aunt—her triumphs and tragedies, her loves and her adversaries.