Julia Pastrana was an impoverished orphan granted by chance the opportunity to travel the world as a sideshow freak.

Book review: Orphans of the Carnival – meet ‘ugliest woman in the world’

Author Carol Birch’s novel reimagines 1800s freak-show poster girl Julia Pastrana, a woman born with two rare conditions who was alternately feted and shunned by a society both fascinated and repelled by physical anomalies

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Julia Pastrana was an impoverished orphan granted by chance the opportunity to travel the world as a sideshow freak.
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