The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 18, 2014 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.

Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor’s apprentice. When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie.

With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Alice Hoffman at her most spellbinding.
  

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Excellent story telling....as always. - Goodreads
Awesome. A true page turner. - Goodreads
Hoffman's pacing is spot on. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gretchen Galvin - Goodreads

Easy read, tad bit predictable. Characters are somewhat one directional. Love story is a little forced? Read full review

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User Review  - Sam Farkas - Goodreads

Very rarely does a book leave me with chills, but this one did. Beautifully written and researched, THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS immersed me in 1911 New York City, with all its horrors and wonders. Read full review

Contents

One The World in a Globe
1
Two The Man Who Couldnt Sleep
35
Three The Dreamer from the Dream
93
Four The Man Who Felt No Pain
129
Five The Original Liar
169
Six The Birdman
203
Seven The Wolfs House
245
Eight The Blue Thread
269
Nine The Girl Who Could Fly
301
Ten The Rules of Love
323
The World Begins Again
355
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About the author (2014)

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

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