Niagara Falls All Over Again was a total surprise to me. I thought it would be about upstate New York because of its title, but it was set mostly in Iowa and Hollywood. I didn't expect to like this book, because I wasn't a fan of The Giant's House, and also because this one is about Vaudeville and I've always hated slapstick, Three Stooges, Stan and Ollie, clowns, etc. But I really loved it!
Elizabeth McCracken has such a way with creating living breathing characters, she made this Vaudeville duo Rocky Carter and Mose Sharp about so much more than just what they do for a living, I loved their back stories and family histories.
Niagra Falls All Over Again is loosely based on Abbott and Costello's friendship, partnership, love for each other and eventual falling out.
It artfully follows their lives, personally and professionally through marriages, divorces, babies and family tragedies.
It took several pages to get into but by the time I closed the book, I wanted a sequel.
Tender, touching, funny and well crafted.
Tragic and Comedic--almost great! An unconventional love story. I really enjoyed it.