From the beloved, best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the 20th century.
Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing 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 an apprentice tailor. When Eddie captures with his camera the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance.
New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her 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 Hoffman at her most spellbinding.
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Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!
- L. Calder "Gardening Geek"
No. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen....for the main character's lives to intertwine. It was a long wait!
I love Alice Hoffman and own many of her titles. This one was a disappointment. It just wasn't an interesting story.
This was the worst part. Judith Light did a terrible job. She can not change voices for different characters and different emotions. Her only change from her normal voice was to read the characters in clipped stilted speech which was unbelievable and irritating . I think this book might have a chance with another reader. Someone with better range. The other two narrators were okay.