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Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet

A Novel

Published: June 2016
SKU: 9781492631484

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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.

Kitty Hayward 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 help find 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 Elephants and 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.

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  • Case Count: 28
"A fast-paced tale of a historic amusement park under siege.... Debut author Wood manages a large cast and a complicated story with a light touch and has a knack for capturing a character with a deft phrase." — Kirkus Reviews
"Exciting, fast-paced, and fascinating! " — Publishers Weekly
"...a fascinating and enlightening story. A great vacation novel..." — Booklist
"Be transported into another place and time in this magical debut novel." — POPSUGAR
"Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet is a book peopled by brilliant, larger-than-life characters that survive on the fringes of a society that despises the unusual or the different. These characters, and the world they inhabit, leap off the pages in glorious splendor, drawing the reader to dance in the light of their flames." — The Examiner
"...very entertaining, and will keep you guessing right up until the end." — Historical Novels Review
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