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“The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff (Mira), 368 pages, $15.99

The bar is set very high.

It has to be; the aerialist act wouldn’t be quite as thrilling if weren’t. In the flight from trapeze to swinging trapeze, a higher bar enhances the element of danger. That’s what leaves an audience breathless, but in the new novel “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff, the real danger may be outside the circus tent.

Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was 3, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 books.

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