Pegasus : a novel
—Steel, Danielle.
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Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children - Nick's two lively boys and Alex's adored teenage daughter - in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless. But it is Nicolas's bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick's mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent. Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex's prize white stallion -- now named Pegasus -- the centerpiece of the show. Inspired by the author's own family history.

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Aristocracy (Social class) -- Germany -- Fiction.
Circus -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Lipizzaner horse -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Widowers -- Fiction.
First edition.
340 pages ; 25 cm
Late 1930's Germany: Two noble life-long friends, Alex and Nicolas, are witnessing the cusp of WWII when Nicholas' father reveals the long-buried secret of his son's partial Jewish ancestry. Urged to flee, the only treasures Nicholas and his sons can take are two dazzling Lipizzaner horses
gifts from Alex. These magnificent creatures become their ticket to a new life waiting across the ocean.
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