The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice HoffmanHoffman represents the best in Magic Realism since Gabriel García Márquez. This time she dispenses with magic and the novel is a straightforward historical novel set in a Coney Island boardwalk freak show in the 1900s. It is part romance, part murder mystery, part history of New York from its rural beginnings, part history of the labour movement after the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, part a history of photography, and part history of freak shows, circuses and human curiosities (and their demise). Altogether, there are too many threads and themes. (Continue reading…)

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