The Museum of Extraordinary Things – by Alice Hoffman – independent book review – Historical Fiction (New York)

This is such a “smart” book! Historical events are cleverly integrated with interesting and unique story threads. Awarded five stars on Goodreads.

Glimpse what it was like to live in New York City in the early 1900’s, when ethnic minorities struggled for survival and people gawked at human deformities for entertainment in the honky tonk world of Coney Island.

Witness the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire through the eyes of a skillful and sensitive photographer.

Explore the deep relationships that exist between humans and animals and the power of both loyalty and evil in shaping the events of our lives.

And, of course, there is also a love story, between two unlikely and damaged people, both of whom will be forced to redefine how they see themselves. The murder mystery that propels them toward each other would be worth the read all by itself, even if all the rest I’ve mentioned were absent.

Alice Hoffman

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You may be interested in my reviews of other books by Hoffman.

The Dovekeepers

Magic Lessons

The Marriage of Opposites