Norris Church Mailer is the author of the memoir, A Ticket to the Circus. Raised in Arkansas, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of two sons, two stepsons, and five stepdaughters, as well as grandmother to two and step-grandmother to nine.

Perhaps no one can better appreciate Antonia Fraser’s memoir of her marriage to playwright Harold Pinter than Norris Church Mailer, who finds surprising parallels to her own life with Norman Mailer.

In an exclusive excerpt from her new memoir, A Ticket to the Circus, Norris Church Mailer details how she was courted—and seduced—by a 27-year-old Bill Clinton.