August 04, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction
We gave it an A

History buffs, animal lovers, and simply the tenderhearted will swoon over this captivating story, The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise. Set on the grounds of famed tourist attraction the Tower of London, the story follows Balthazar Jones, a Beefeater grieving for his 11-year-old son. Jones suddenly finds himself in charge of a menagerie of exotic animals, whose various eccentricities rival those of the delightful cast of human characters. British writer Julia Stuart (The Matchmaker of Périgord) crafts a subculture that is so sweet and enchanting that the whole affair would be terribly twee were it not for the sense of heartbreak and longing that holds it all together. A

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