Little is the wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud of Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
“An amazing achievement…A compulsively readable novel, so canny and weird and surfeited with the reality of human capacity and ingenuity that I am stymied for comparison. Dickens and David Lynch? Defoe meets Margaret Atwood? Judge for yourself.”
—Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked
In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. Together, they convert an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads, and the spectacle becomes a sensation. As word of her artistic talent spreads, Marie is called to Versailles, where she tutors a princess and saves Marie Antoinette in childbirth. But outside the palace walls, Paris is roiling: The revolutionary mob is demanding heads, and . . . at the wax museum, heads are what they do.
In the tradition of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Edward Carey’s Little is a darkly endearing cavalcade of a novel–a story of art, class, determination, and how we hold on to what we love.
About Edward Carey
Edward Carey has written several adaptations for the stage, including Patrick Suskind’s The Pigeon and Robert Coover’s Pinocchio in Venice, and has recently finished a free adaptation of The Pickwick Papers. His own plays include Sulking Thomas and Captain of… More about Edward Carey
Category: Historical Fiction | Literary Fiction
Hardcover | $27.00
Published by Riverhead Books
Oct 23, 2018 | 448 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780525534327