Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall
Synopsis: Cy Parks is the Electric Michelangelo, an artist of extraordinary gifts whose medium happens to be the pliant, shifting canvas of the human body. Fleeing his mother's legacy-a consumptives' hotel in a fading English Seaside resort-Cy reinvents himself in the incandescent honky-tonk of Coney Island in its heyday between the two world wars. Amid the carnival decadence of freak shows and roller coasters, enchanters and enigmas, scam artists and marks, Cy will find his muse: an enigmatic circus beauty who surrenders her body to his work, but whose soul tantalizingly eludes.
Word List: electric, Michelangelo, tattoo, ink, bay, carnival, carnies, Coney Island, roller coasters, circus, kitsch, hokey, carnies, bright, freaks, bearded lady, colorful, full of life, wood planks, seaside, breeze, script, western fonts.