An "engaging novel from newcomer Stacy Carlson. The great strength of this book is Carlson's evocation of time and place." -- "O, The Oprah Magazine
"Carlson ably exploits this historical milieu, describing the milling crowds in the exhibition halls; the malodorous, dangerous alleyways of the slum called Five Points; the swampy, still-wild edges of Upper Manhattan. . . . [she] writes sensitively, often beautifully, of the desire to be free of the gaze of others, of the misery of serving as a mirror in which others may see themselves." -- New York Times Book Review "Phineas T. Barnum opened his American Museum in lower Manhattan in 1841, and it is here Stacy Carlson sets her novel "Among the Wonderful"--a story that, like its subject, contains multitudes and makes the heart leap. The sheer number of ideas in play here is something of an acrobatic act: Carlson touches on the era's changing concept of research and scholarship, New York City's expansion, the beginnings of social conscience, xenophobia, hucksterism, the intersection of science and popular culture, loneliness, objectification, faith. And, yes, love--at the center of this tale of marvels beat two very human hearts. . . . Every one of these characters has burrowed their way into my own sense of wonder, and they'll stay with me a long time. I very much look forward to whatever Stacy Carlson comes up with next." -- Lisa Peet, "Open Letters Monthly" (http: //www.openlettersmonthly.com/likefire/pocket-review-among-the-wonderful-by-stacy-carlson) Carlson's "portrait of mid-19th-century New York is as finely hatched as any, with gritty Five Points teeming with malice and child neglect and society ladies kicking off suffrage meetings with spiritual sessions. But what draws you in are her two narrators, each fumbling their way toward the rest of humanity, toward what is wonderful about being part of the world." "-- East Bay Express"
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