The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb: A Novel

Author(s): Melanie Benjamin

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For anyone who loves the historical novels of Sara Gruen, Geraldine Brooks, and E. L. Doctorow, a barnstorming tale of an irrepressible, brawling, bawdy era and the remarkable woman who had the courage to match the unique spirit of America's Gilded Age.
She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world's most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie's wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie's spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams--and whose story will surely win over yours.
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Advance praise for "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" "Benjamin handles the era of mid-nineteenth-century America like a native, telling a walloping good story about a tiny person with the soul of a giant. The lovely Lavinia Bump once again comes alive, and we're all the richer because of it." - Ellen Bryson, author of "The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno" "Vinnie Bump is one of the most engaging characters to come along in a while. Nineteenth-century women had few options; Vinnie had fewer yet. Melanie Benjamin renders her deeply human in a no-nonsense Olive Kitteridge sort of way. Readers will not soon forget her. I know I won't."--Johanna Moran, author of "The Wives of Henry Oades"

General Fields

  • : 9780385344166
  • : Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • : Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • : 0.358
  • : May 2012
  • : 203mm X 132mm
  • : United States
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Melanie Benjamin
  • : Paperback
  • : 813.6
  • : 448
  • : illustrations