Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet

Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"It's a rare novel that manages to combine humor, tragedy, powerful friendships, outcasts, insiders, detached satire, and deeply felt emotion all in one..."--Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Daughter

A hypnotic novel in turn-of-the-century Coney Island, where an abandoned girl collides with a disgruntled ménage of circus freaks.

KittyHayward and her mother are ready to experience the spectacles of Coney Island's newest attraction, the Dreamland amusement park. But when Kitty's mother vanishes from their hotel, she finds herself penniless, alone, and far from her native England. The last people she expects to help are the cast of characters at Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities. From con men to strongmen, from flea wranglers to lion tamers, Kitty's new friends quickly adopt her and vow to helpfind the missing Mrs. Hayward. But even these unusual inhabitants may not be a match for the insidious sickness that begins to spread through Coney Island...or the panic that turns Dreamland into a nightmare.

With shades of Water For Elephantsand The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet sweeps readers into a mesmerizing world where nothing is as it seems, and where "normal" is the exception to the rule.

Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781492631484
Branch Call Number: FANTASY WOOD H
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 21 cm


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This is an interesting combination of real history, some real history from other places added in, and a mix of characters who feel like they could have been pulled straight from history, as well. The author did a lot of research into Coney Island and the history of places like Magruder's and this is reflected in the story.
This is a good story to pair with Alice Hoffman's book, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, which is also based on real places, people and events.


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