*** Cloud Dweller – E. Catherine Tobler
Author’s blog post about this story is here: http://ecatherine.com/cloud-dweller/
Apparently this is part of a series of circus-themed stories by Tobler. I haven’t read the others, but this is a nicely-done historical piece.
A daredevil circus performer holds several secrets. Some are simply private… the loss of his love. Others, potentially socially dangerous: he’s a refugee, a Jewish man who’s fled Russia. And then, there’s the thing he cannot explain. He’s a professional tightrope walker, but not all the lines he’s compelled to walk are those of wire, anchored in this world.
It’s a lovely, multi-layered setup – but I thought the ending needed a bit more to reach its full potential.