The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, 2012 - Fiction - 480 pages
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For anyone who loves the historical novels of Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, and E. L. Doctorow, a barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America's Gilded Age.

She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world's most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie's wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie's spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.

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User Review  - Sarah_Gruwell - LibraryThing

I must commend the author on her characterizations in this novel. Minnie herself shines, with all her imperfections and strong will. I liked how the author didn’t give into the temptation to gloss ... Read full review

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User Review  - micahmom2002 - LibraryThing

A bit slow moving at times but overall a good story. Takes place in the late 1800 and early 1900's when railroad travel traveling circuses were emerging. It tells the life story of a "miniature" woman ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, the author of two contemporary novels. Her first work of historical fiction as Melanie Benjamin was Alice I Have Been. She lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.


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