The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

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In early-twentieth-century New York City, Coralie is a featured exhibit in her father’s tourist attraction The Museum of Extraordinary Things, full of people and objects that are abnormal. She is the Human Mermaid, simply because she was born with webbing between her fingers. Her father, who has a shady past as a magician in France, hunts down the unusual and displays it in such a way to make it seem even more freakish to the crowds who visit his museum.

But his desire for an amazing attraction that will pull in more visitors drives him to do unspeakable things. And one day, Coralie stumbles upon something that will end up pitting her against her father and pull her towards a young man she can’t help but fall in love with. Eddie Cohen has run away from his poor tailor father, the only family he has left since the two fled Russia. He scrapes together a living taking photographs, mostly for newspapers, including the horrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that needlessly killed so many young women.

Alice Hoffman seamlessly weaves a compelling story of young people trying to find their own way with interesting historical elements that transport the reader right back to that place and time.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Scribner
Publish Date 2014-Feb-18
ISBN 9781451693560 Buy this Book
Issue May 2014
Category Historical Fiction


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