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"The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud"--
In 1761 a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling. The revolutionary mob is demanding heads-- and at the wax museum, heads are what they do. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780525534341
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (436 pages) : illustrations
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Alternative Title: Library2Go


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Mar 08, 2019

What a wonderful quirky book. This is historical fiction about Madame Tussaud's childhood and the life experience she had that groomed her to be a famous name in history. If you are a stickler for historical accuracy in your fiction, this is not the book for you. The author has taken liberty here with the personalities and the story but he has created some wonderful characters (perhaps a bit over the top) and the timeline leading up to the French Revolution makes an excellent back drop to tell this story. I found it to be fresh and a little unusual.

Dec 26, 2018

Carey spent 15 years writing this book and it was well worth it. "Little" describes the life of small statured Marie who, in history, becomes Madame Tussaud. The narration of events is fantastical and sometimes something out of a dark fictional movie and yet based on, for the most part, real and true past. The last half of the 1700's rich with the Palace of Versailles and Paris in turmoil we find Little busy making wax heads and befriending Marie Antoinette. So bizarre yet so real evidently. Definitely a book for the favorite list.

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