The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

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BONUS: This edition contains a timeline, an interview with Melanie Benjamin, and an excerpt from Melanie Benjamin's Alice I Have Been.

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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About Melanie Benjamin

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Melanie Benjamin is a pseudonym for Melanie Hauser, the author of two contemporary novels. Her first work of historical fiction as Melanie Benjamin was Alice I Have Been. She lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
Published July 26, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 449 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Book Reporter

TOM THUMB, author Melanie Benjamin explores Vinnie's personal life in a fictional examination of this compelling historical figure.

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Denver Post

She provides "intermissions" between the novel's sections, excerpts from publications of the day that give a sense of the world beyond Vinnie's circumscribed existence.

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Huntington News

Despite that disclaimer, of course, the 32-inch high Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump Stratton (1841-1919) DID in large measure allow her size to determine her future, as Melanie Benjamin's historical novel "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" (Delacorte Press, a Random House imprint, 448 pages, $25.0...

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The American Book Center Blog

General Tom Thumb, as Charles Stratton was known in the second half of the 19th century, was a perfectly miniature man about two and a half foot high.

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