Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.35 in
Published: September 30, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451693575
ISBN - 13: 9781451693577
Read from the Book
ONE the world in a globe y ou would think it would be impossible to find anything new in the world, creatures no man has ever seen before, one-of-a kind oddities in which nature has taken a backseat to the coursing pulse of the fantastical and the marvelous. I can tell you with certainty that such things exist, for beneath the water there are beasts as huge as elephants with hundreds of legs, and in the skies, rocks thrown alit from the heavens burn through the bright air and fall to earth. There are men with such odd characteristics they must hide their faces in order to pass through the streets unmolested, and women who have such peculiar features they live in rooms without mirrors. My father kept me away from such anomalies when I was young, though I lived above the exhibition that he owned in Coney Island, the Museum of Extraordinary Things. Our house was divided into two distinct sections; half we lived in, the other half housed the exhibitions. In this way, my father never had to leave what he loved best in the world. He had added on to the original house, built in 1862, the year the Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad began the first horse- drawn carriage line to our city. My father created the large hall in which to display the living wonders he employed, all of whom performed unusual acts or were born with curious attributes that made others willing to pay to see them. My father was both a scientist and a magician, but he declared that it was in literatu
From the Publisher
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).
About the Author
Alice Hoffman, an American novelist and screenwriter, was born in New York City on March 16, 1952. She earned a B.A. from Adelphi University in 1973 and an M.A. in creative writing from Stanford University in 1975 before publishing her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. Known for blending realism and fantasy in her fiction, she often creates richly detailed characters who live on society's margins and places them in extraordinary situations as she did with At Risk, her 1988 novel about the AIDS crisis. Her other works include The Drowning Season, Seventh Heaven, The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, The Ice Queen, and The Dovekeepers. Her book, The Third Angel, won the 2008 New England Booksellers' Award for fiction. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, were made into films. She has also written numerous screenplays, including adaptations of her own novels and the original screenplay, Independence Day. In 2014 her title, The Museum of Exteaordinary Things made The New York Times Best Seller List.
"As always, Alice Hoffman amazes me with her ability to use words the way other master artists use watercolors, painting the dreamlike world of a girl who grows up in a hall of wonders only to learn that something as ordinary as love is the greatest marvel of all. Many novels these days are called ''stunning'' but this one truly IS: part love story, part mystery, part history, and all beauty."