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Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781442367623
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The “spellbinding” (People, 4 stars), New York Times bestseller from the author of The Dovekeepers: an extraordinary novel about an electric and impassioned love affair—“an enchanting love story rich with history and a sense of place” (USA TODAY).

Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman and the Butterfly Girl. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his community and his job as a tailor’s apprentice. When Eddie photographs the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance. And he ignites the heart of Coralie.

Alice Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a tender and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is, “a lavish tale about strange yet sympathetic people” (The New York Times Book Review). Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spellbinding…Hoffman’s penchant for the magical is on full display in this world filled with rogues, strivers, corrupt politicians, Gilded Age riches, and debilitating poverty. The chaos and grandeur of New York City at the time make it a character in its own right, as monstorous and intoxicating as the circus sideshow that traps Coralie and makes her a star.”

    People

  • “A lavish tale about strange yet sympathetic people, haunted by the past and living in bizarre circumstances…Once Coralie and Eddie discover each other, their profound, mystical attraction and mutual obsession become forces of their own, driving the story forward.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Alice Hoffman employs her trademark alchemy of finding the magical amid the ordinary in her mesmerizing new novel…If you’re looking for an enchanting love story rich with history and a sense of place, step right up to The Museum of Extraordinary Things.”

    USA Today

  • “Hoffman’s book earns its legitimacy through an eye-opening plethora of period detailing, coupled with the author’s overarching outrage at urban workplace abuses…You can’t help but admire the author’s fervor for telling stories and the democratic manner in which she disseminates the love of reading.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Hoffman unveils both horror and magic in this transfixing tale of liberation and love in a metropolis of lies, yearning, and metamorphosis.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With a sprinkling of magical realism, Hoffman blends social realism, historical fiction, romance, and mystery in a fast-paced and dramatic novel filled with colorful characters and vivid scenes of life in New York more than a century ago.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An NPR bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller

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About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Her short fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and others. Her novel Practical Magic was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; her young adult novel Aquamarine was made into a movie in 2006.

About the Narrators

Judith Light is a two-time Tony Award–winning actress, winning Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for both The Assembled Parties and Other Desert Cities. She also won Drama Desk Awards for both of these roles. Judith’s television career began with the role of Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, for which she won two “Best Actress” Emmy Awards. She has many more stage, film, and television roles to her credit as well.

Grace Gummer is the daughter of Academy Award–winning actress Meryl Streep. A graduate of Vassar College, she has performed on stage, as well as in films and television shows. 

Zach Appelman has performed in numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional plays. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he lives in New York City. He won an Audiofile Earphones Award and an Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration in 2015.