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The Museum of Extraordinary Things

A Novel

By Alice Hoffman

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.

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Book

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781451693560


Format: Book
Author: Hoffman, Alice
Summary: "An extraordinarily imaginative and immersive novel, this one set in New York from 1911-1925"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel / Alice Hoffman.
Publisher Date: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Subject: Young women -- Fiction. Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction. Russians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction. FICTION / General. FICTION / Historical. FICTION / Jewish. New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781451693560 (hbk.) 1451693567 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 2
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 24
Call Number: F Hoffman
Oclc: 852226440
Upc:
Bib Id: 497244

Format: Book
Author: Hoffman, Alice.
Summary: The daughter of a Coney Island boardwalk curiosities museum's front man pursues an impassioned love affair with a Russian immigrant photographer who after fleeing his Lower East Side Orthodox community has captured poignant images of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Summary: "An extraordinarily imaginative and immersive novel, this one set in New York from 1911-1925"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things : a novel / Alice Hoffman.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Description: 368 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Young women -- Fiction.
Subjects: Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Subjects: Russians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / General.
Subjects: FICTION / Historical.
Subjects: FICTION / Jewish.
Subjects: New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Genre: Jewish fiction.
Genre: Love stories.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-368).
LCCN: 2013036572
ISBN: 9781451693560 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1451693567 (hbk.)
Requests: 2
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 24
Call Number: F Hoffman