The Museum of Extraordinary Things
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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

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The "spellbinding" (People, 4 stars), New York Times bestseller from the author of The Dovekeepers an extraordinary novel about an electric and impassioned love affair--"an enchanting love story rich with history and a sense of place" (USA TODAY). Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum," alongside performers like the Wolfman and the Butterfly Girl. 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 community and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance. And he ignites the heart of Coralie. Alice Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a tender and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is, "a lavish tale about strange yet sympathetic people" (The New York Times Book Review).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 135 x 201 x 23mm | 295g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1451693575
  • 9781451693577
  • 360,101

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"Part Ray Bradbury and part Steven Millhauser...the delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary is balanced more in favor of the world we know, though not many writers describe that world as elegantly as Hoffman does....First-rate...Vividly drawn...Hoffman gives us extraordinary things and extraordinary times. And more."--Ed Siegel "The Artery, WBUR "
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44,619 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
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