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The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  

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A wonderful American author who writes across a diverse array of areas, often touching gently on the fey. This is unusual for her for, as with The Dovekeepers, it is historical. Concerning a museum of freaks and the owner’s daughter who ‘trains’ to be a mermaid, it is produced in dual narrative. The other protagonist is a young rebellious immigrant Jewish photographer with a special talent for finding lost children. Their paths clash. This is early 1900’s New York with all the poverty and squalor of the period contrasting with the wealthy, beautifully portrayed in an exciting love story. She is very special.

If you like Alice Hoffman you might also like to read books by Anita Diamant, Kathryn Harrison and Ann Patchett.

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Synopsis

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

From the bestselling author of The Dovekeepers comes a spectacularly imaginative and moving new novel in the vein of The Night Circus that has been acclaimed by Jodi Picoult as 'truly stunning: part love story, part mystery, part history, and all beauty'. New York City, 1911. Meet Coralie Sardie, circus girl, web-fingered mermaid, shy only daughter of Professor Sardie and raised in the bizarre surroundings of his Museum of Extraordinary Things. And meet Eddie Cohen, a handsome young immigrant who has run away from his painful past and his Orthodox family to become a photographer, documenting life on the teeming city streets. One night by the freezing waters of the Hudson River, Coralie stumbles across Eddie, who has become enmeshed in the case of a missing girl, and the fates of these two hopeful outcasts collide as they search for truth, beauty, love and freedom in tumultuous times.

Reviews

'The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.' -- Ann McDonald Red Carpet Crash

About the Author

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the bestselling author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including The Ice Queen, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The River King, Blue Diary, Illumination Night, Turtle Moon, Seventh Heaven, and At Risk. She lives in Massachusetts.

Photograph © Deborah Feingold

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Publication date

1st March 2015

Author

Alice Hoffman

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471112157

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