So, I finished Everything Happens Today, by Jesse Browner and thanks to your suggestions have started the (so far) luminous The Moonflower Vine, by Jetta Carleton. This was another one of those books, like Nightmare Alley, that I just picked up in the store. Sometimes the best books are the ones no one's told you to read!
Now? Gonna eat a slice of pizza and maybe a slice of my husband's chocolate birthday cake, then get back to the book!