September 2014 - MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS

The Museum of Extraordinary Things - 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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  • SELMA R.

    Very good.

    September 6

  • janice f.

    Would have been nice to meet everyone. Didn't know anyone maybe next time.

    September 4

  • barbara

    Night before my daughter's wedding!
    Really wish I could join the discussion because I LOVED this book!,,

    August 6

  • Celeste W.

    Are we reading the bridge of sighs for September's meeting?

    July 30

  • Celeste W.

    Hi everyone,
    So glad to be part of your group, I cannot join you in September, I will be away but I will join you at your next meeting!

    1 · July 7

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