The Carousel

The Carousel buy Stefani Deoul re-released in 2016

Winner of the 2011 Book of the Year from the Delaware Press Association!

Can they all be made whole? A bone-weary, emotionally drained woman shows up one morning at a diner and gas station in a small Northeast town. Intending to refuel on gas and coffee and just keep driving, she is drawn instead to a pile of discarded carousel horses at the junkyard next door. Her find begins a ripple of gossip, mystery, and a restorative journey for the horses, herself, and the curious collection of townspeople taking the tumultuous ride of hope, patience and a chance to grab the brass ring.

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Reviews & Media

“It’s not only the story itself—of finding beauty and belonging in the places—and people—where one least expects it, that makes The Carousel linger in the reader’s mind long after the last page is turned. It’s the writing—the gorgeous, heartbreaking, lyrical writing. If I hadn’t been so caught up in the story, I would have stopped—again and again—just to reread the resonant, detailed, surprising, and beautiful paragraphs."

--Maribeth Fischer, author of The Life You Longed For



"The Carousel is a beautiful book. I rarely make recommendations of books but I had the privilege of reading this as a manuscript and it has that satisfying combination of richly-drawn characters, an intriguing story and it demonstrates the remarkable and redemptive power between women but also among a community. Get it. You’ll be happy you did."

--Shamim Sarif – author, screen writer & director of I Can’t Think Straight and the award-winning film of the same name.

"An intense novel about friendship, love and heartache it's also inspirational and full of hope."

--Kathi Isserman, Curve Magazine.

"Stefani Deoul’s The Carousel is a warm, entertaining read whose ending will leave you smiling and just a bit sad that it’s over. But don’t blame me if you have visions of stately wooden horses frozen in mid-prance as they bob up and down to calliope music and you lean out in space to grab the brass ring."

--Jerry Wheeler, Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews

"The story is laced with characters that are both quirky and likeable. The mystery surrounding the carousel lady will keep the reader turning page after page, as will the desire to know if the town will succeed. This story, with its surprising lesbian twist, adds to the totality of the mystery itself. In the end, The Carousel is one of those stories that lingers long after the last page is turned—a story of redemption and a journey to wholeness—and one not to be missed. This tale is sure to find a special place in the reader’s heart."

--Anna Furtado,