The Monthly Afternoon Book Discussion will meet on
Tuesday, October 28th at 1:30 pm to discuss
by Alice Hoffman
with Lisa Jones, Readers’ Services Librarian.
“New York, 1911. Coralie Sardie works for her father, the “professor” and impresario of the Museum of Extraordinary Things, a freak show in Coney Island. She performs as a mermaid in a tank but really lives for her long swims in the cold Hudson River. While Coralie’s element is water, Eddie Cohen is tormented by fire. He fled a fiery pogrom in his native Russia and now wants to break away from his miserable life on the Lower East Side and become a photographer. Eddie’s hatred of rich factory owners increases when he takes photos of the ghastly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village. Meanwhile, Professor Sardie grows even more sinister as the crowds desert his “museum” for the new and lavish amusement palaces of Luna Park and Dreamland. Then Coralie and Eddie get caught up in the chaos as Dreamland burns to the ground. 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. (from the publisher)
This program is free and all are welcome.
Light refreshments will be served.
The book is currently available at the Circulation Desk on the main floor.
Hope to see you there!
– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services