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Publisher Description

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

Fiction & Literature
July 26
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Reading woman ,

Mrs Tom Thumb

Loved it. I wish it was her entire life story, but I understand why it had to end when it did.

Moony73 ,

Not worth the time or money

I purchased this book after reading and thoroughly enjoying "The Aviator's Wife". Unfortunately this book just does not leave me appreciating an historical character in the same way. Vinnie Warren comes off as cold, hard, conceited and entirely self-centered in this novel. While I did appreciate the way in which the novel was written, I think the main character could have been more thoroughly developed. I do not like to spend money on a book and not finish it or I would have stopped well before I reached the midpoint.

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