Madame Tussaud

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Madame Tussaud
Tue, 04-12-2011 - 6:55pm

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Library Review Journal

In her fourth novel (after Cleopatra's Daughter), Moran turns from the ancient world to the French Revolution and Madame Tussaud (1761-1850), the namesake of the famous wax museum. The book follows Marie Tussaud from her beginnings as an unknown wax sculptor working to obtain a visit from the royal family, an event that will garner acclaim for her family's wax salon. But when called to tutor a royal family member, she is placed at the center of the downfall of the French monarchy. Tussaud uses her new position to sculpt likenesses of major politicians, turning her salon into a three-dimensional newsstand for illiterate citizens. The result, however, is that the commoners soon demand that she create replicas of executed political figures directly from their corpses. Verdict Certain to be a breakout book for Moran, this superbly written and plotted work is a welcome addition to historical fiction collections. The shocking actions and behavior required of Tussaud to survive the revolution make the novel a true page-turner and a perfect reading group choice.

I liked Moran's other books but this one is my favourite. It was a page turner from start to finish. Michelle Moran once again brings history to life through


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Registered: 03-01-2003
Wed, 04-13-2011 - 5:04am
I have been wanting to read her books for awhile. Just waiting for the price to drop on Kindle. Glad to hear it was a page-turner!

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Fri, 04-22-2011 - 7:24am

I love books that teach us a bit about history. Thanks for sharing this, I'll be adding it to my list!