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The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire. But who was this woman, and how did she become one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In this novel, her tumultuous story comes to life as only Michelle Moran could tell it.

The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie’s museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, and even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and when word arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses, Marie never dreams that the king’s sister will request her presence at Versailles as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. Yet when a letter with a gold seal is delivered to her home, Marie knows she cannot refuse—even if it means time away from her beloved Salon and her increasingly dear friend Henri Charles.

As Marie becomes acquainted with her pupil, Princess Élisabeth, she is taken to meet both Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, who introduce her to the glamorous life at court. From lavish parties with more delicacies than she has ever seen to rooms filled with candles lit only once before being discarded, Marie steps into to a world entirely different from her home on the Boulevard du Temple, where people are selling their teeth in order to put food on the table.

Meanwhile, many resent the vast separation between rich and poor. In salons and cafés across Paris, people like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out against the monarchy. Soon, there’s whispered talk of revolution. Will Marie be able to hold on to both the love of her life and her friendship with the royal family as France approaches civil war? More important, will she be able to fulfill the demands of powerful revolutionaries who ask that she make the death masks of beheaded aristocrats, some of whom she knows?

Spanning five years from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As historical novels go, this is of the first rank—a page-turner that is both vividly and elegantly written. I feel privileged to be able to endorse it.”

    Alison Weir, bestselling author of Eleanor of Aquitane

  • “This is an unusually moving portrayal of families in distress…for Francophiles and adventurers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Moran is a sprightly and gimlet-eyed writer, so this should be fun—and a possible breakout.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers will be intrigued by Madame Tussaud, and by witnessing a tumultuous era through her eyes.”

    Booklist

  • “Mannered and elegant; reminiscent in many ways of novels of days long past.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashlee | 2/19/2014

    " Absolutely love this book! This is historical fiction at it's finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tammy West | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I plan to read more of Michelle Moran's books as soon as possible - great author. This is considered historical fiction - but I find that many of her facts are accurate. I have also realized that the French Revolution is one of my favorite times in history! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jennifer Moreno | 2/9/2014

    " Absoultely loved this book! I hope that a movie is made. If there has been or is in the processes I want to know! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anne Vida | 2/4/2014

    " Absolutely loved the book - History - Could not put the book down - All about Versailles, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the end of the French Royalty and the start of the revolution - I loved it - Lots of french words that I was so familiar with. Very good description of the Parisian life at the time - landed to a friend but somehow she did not care much for it - Perhaps, I loved it so much because I am French?:) - "

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