Little

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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.

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.

Title:Little
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Rose (Traveling Sister)

    Have you ever thought to yourself Why don't I know more about Madame Tussaud, the wax museum lady? No? ME NEITHER. Not once. On my list of "Stuff That Gives Me Heebie Jeebies," going to hang out with ...

  • Jennifer

    Little is a re-imagining of the woman behind the famous tourist attraction: Madame Tussauds, a wax museum that displays wax sculptures of famous people and popular characters. Loosely based, Little fo...

  • Rebecca

    (4.5) Little is Edward Carey’s deliciously macabre novel about Madame Tussaud, who starts life as Anne Marie Grosholtz in Switzerland in 1761 and loses both parents by the age of six. Known as Marie...

  • Will

    The description of Edward Carey’s Little intrigued me. It sounded like something I would enjoy, and the GR reviews were terrific. I hadn’t, however, read any reviews from critics so I was still a ...

  • Cindy Burnett

    Little is the tale of Madame Tussaud (born Anne Marie Grosholtz) from her young life as an orphan through her time at Versailles with King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and then ultimately as the ind...

  • Creager

    I am astounded. I am charmed. I am awaiting the manifestation of pure joy this enchanting book will be for the ages. Anne Marie Grosholtz is as tall as the human heart but her outlook is to the moon. ...

  • Mila

    4,5 starsThis novel turned out to be such a pleasant surprise for me, the wonderful, strange and all around fascinating story of Little, later known to the whole world as Madame Tussaud. This book cap...

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend

    4.5 StarsI absolutely loved this! This was my first Edward Carey read and I was enthralled with it!I loved Little's character, her narration as she grows up to become the famous historical figure know...

  • Demi

    Oh my goodness, I love her. Marie has such a wonderful, sharp, eccentric little voice (no pun intended), and she lives in an incredible time in French history. The art is a delightful addition—it fi...

  • Claire McAlpine

    I have been looking forward to reading this for a while and finally after telling a few friends about it and them reading it before me, I picked it up so I could join the conversation.It's a wonderful...