Madame Tussaud

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Quercus Publishing, Mar 1, 2011 - Fiction - 432 pages
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When Marie moves from her family's waxwork museum into the palace of Versailles, her whole life is set to change. When Marie Tussaud learns the exciting news the royal family will be visiting her famed wax museum, the Salon de Cire, she never dreams that the king's sister will request her presence at Versailles: as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. As Marie familiarizes herself with Princess Elisabeth and begins to know Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, she witnesses the glamorous life of court, a very different world from her home on the Boulevard du Temple of Paris where bread can only be had on the black market and men sell their teeth to put food on the their tables. The year is 1788 and men like Desmoulins, Marat, and Robespierre are meeting in the salons of Paris speaking against the monarchy; there's whispered talk of revolution. Spanning five years from budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax moulding saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

I had some mixed feelings about Madame Tussaud. I was really excited when I won it from Goodreads First Reads, and I started it right away. The story was riveting, and I didn't want to put it down ... Read full review

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

Marie Grosholtz, the future Madame Tussaud, is the niece of Philippe Curtius, the Swiss showman who runs a popular wax-model attraction known as the Salon de Cire. Marie lives among laborers and ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Michelle Moran's experiences at archaeological sites around the world first inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the author of Nefertiti and its standalone sequel The Heretic Queen as well as Cleopatra's Daughter. She lives in California with her husband. Visit her at www.MichelleMoran.com.

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