Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ARC Preview: The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson


Amazon Book Data:

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805091920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091922
  • Genre: Historical Fiction – paranormal?

    About the Book:

    Bartholomew Fortuno, the World's Thinnest Man, believes that his unusual body is a gift. Hired by none other than P. T. Barnum to work at his spectacular American Museum—a modern marvel of macabre displays, breathtaking theatrical performances, and live shows by Barnum's cast of freaks and oddities—Fortuno has reached the pinnacle of his career. But after a decade of constant work, he finds his sense of self, and his contentment within the walls of the museum, flagging. When a carriage pulls up outside the museum in the dead of night, bearing Barnum and a mysterious veiled woman—rumored to be a new performer—Fortuno's curiosity is piqued. And when Barnum asks Fortuno to follow her and report back on her whereabouts, his world is turned upside down. Why is Barnum so obsessed with this woman? Who is she, really? And why has she taken such a hold on the hearts of those around her?

    Set in the New York of 1865, a time when carriages rattled down cobblestone streets, raucous bordellos near the docks thrived, and the country was mourning the death of President Lincoln, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno is a moving novel about human appetites and longings. With pitch-perfect prose, Ellen Bryson explores what it means to be profoundly unique—and how the power of love can transcend even the greatest divisions.

    Author Bio:


    Ellen Bryson holds a BA in English from Columbia University and an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Formerly a modern dancer, she lives in Southern California. This is her first novel.

    Connect with this author at her website.



    Pre-purchasing links for Amazon are US/UK/Canada.

    This book was received from the publisher by request through Shelf Awareness. A big thanks to both. Review coming soon!

    Thanks for reading Layers of Thought.


    A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

    I received this one as well. I think it sounds great and love the cover.

    Unknown said...

    Amanda -
    I am a sucker for a great cover.

    I'm hoping there is some paranormal and or supernatural element to it as well. We shall see.

    I will link your review here if is posted before mine - so I will keep my eyes open for it.

    (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

    I got this one as well, and it really seems like I may like this one too --always a bonus. enjoy

    Unknown said...

    Diane -
    I bet you read it before I do...

    With shelf awareness you don't know if they will send them to you or not... but I was pleased to get it this on in the mail.

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