Join us for our next book club meeting!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
“An amazing achievement…A compulsively readable novel, so canny and weird and surfeited with the reality of human capacity and ingenuity that I am stymied for comparison. Dickens and David Lynch? Defoe meets Margaret Atwood? Judge for yourself.” –Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked
How many of us have passed by one of the several famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museums, or even wandered into one before pondering how such a thing came to be? For our next book club gathering we will delve into Edward Carey’s “Little,” a rich, engrossing novel that explores how a penniless Swiss orphan caught up in the French Revolution came to found the famous waxworks museum. Mention that you plan to attend the meeting to receive 10% off the selected title. As always, Dolly’s book club is open to all and free to attend.
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.
In the tradition of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Edward Carey’s Little is a darkly endearing cavalcade of a novel–a story of art, class, determination, and how we hold on to what we love.
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Book club members/attendees get 10% off of our selected titles!
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