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Magruder's curiosity cabinet : a novel

by Wood, H. P.

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Wood
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Fiction F WOO
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC WOOD
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Adult Fiction WOO
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction WOOD H.P.
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction WOOD H P
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Wood
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Robinson Library Fiction FIC WOOD
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Collection  Fiction
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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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A young Englishwoman searches for her ailing mother in 1904 on Coney Island, where the people she has previously met pretend not to recognize her. A black, legless shop manager with a wry sense of humor sells tickets to tourists during the day and tends bar for carny folks at night, and a man who alternates between dressing as a man and a woman is always there to assist his friends. These characters represent just a fraction of the diverse cast in Wood's tale, misfits who quickly band together when a plague runs rampant across New York's favorite boardwalk. Combining their quirks and strengths, they aid the afflicted and hinder a committee intent on concealing the epidemic. On every page, Wood explores the grungy yet wondrous dichotomy of living as an Unusual on Coney Island, and although the overall conflict is dark, the insights into carny life make for a fascinating and enlightening story. A great vacation novel, although readers may wonder if the hotel staff is part of a government conspiracy.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Coney Island's Dreamland amusement park subculture in 1904 New York City is cleverly dramatized in Wood's debut novel of carnival scams, frauds, hucksters, and sideshow freaks. Seventeen-year-old Kitty Hayward, visiting from London, is alone on Coney Island; her mother is missing, and she has no money or luggage. She falls in with Archie, a shameless con man, who introduces her to the art of the con and the world of sideshow attractions such as Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, with its elaborate flea circus, shrunken heads, and Robonocchio, the Automatic Boy. Kitty is befriended by Coney Island's Unusuals, the men and women of the sideshows, including the Transparent Man and Zeph, the legless doorman at Magruder's. This fascinating world of rat orchestras and wacky acts is disrupted by an outbreak of pneumonic plague-animals and people die quickly and horribly, and Coney Island is quarantined. Kitty and her friends try to help plague victims while searching for her mother, aided by a few Normals; everyone on Coney Island is fighting both the disease and the public's fear and persecution of people who are different. To the panic and chaos, Wood adds a murder, arson, and a diabolical plot to assassinate President Theodore Roosevelt, making this an exciting, fast-paced, and fascinating yarn. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Girls -- New York (State) -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Curiosities and wonders -- Fiction.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher Naperville, IL :2016
Language English
Notes Includes author's note and reading group guide.
Description 363 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781492631484
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