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Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman's The Museum of
Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and
impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York
during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind
The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak
show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie
appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum," alongside
performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a
one-hundred-year-old turtle. 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 father's Lower East Side Orthodox community
and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the
devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the
suspicious mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and ignites
the heart of Coralie.
With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and
idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman
weaves her trademark 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 Alice Hoffman at her most spellbinding.