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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.

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The museum of extraordinary things
February 25th, 2015
I enjoy reading historical fiction which teaches me something about life and human nature. It was an enjoyable read i looked foreward to my time wih the book to find out what happened!
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Read it!!!!
September 30th, 2014
Great book with many actual New York historic events.
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Interesting read
May 27th, 2014
The book is tough to get into but is a very worthwhile read. The characters are interesting and believable. The story is intriguing
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Still my favourite author
May 12th, 2014
How timely that I am reading this as the one year anniversary of the factory collapse in Bangladesh is recognized. Heartbreaking!
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Emotionally Fulfilling
April 18th, 2014
When a book can make you feel disgusted.....joyful and everything in between, the book has accomplished its intent
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