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Church of Marvels: A Novel - Leslie Parry
Church of Marvels: A Novel
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A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all.New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an... show more
A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all.New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs.Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother’s spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. Now Belle, the family’s star, has vanished into the bowels of Manhattan, leaving Odile alone and desperate to find her.A young woman named Alphie awakens to find herself trapped across the river in Blackwell’s Lunatic Asylum—sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband’s vile, overbearing mother. On the ward she meets another young woman of ethereal beauty who does not speak, a girl with an extraordinary talent that might save them both.As these strangers’ lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold. Moving from the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York—a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger. In magnetic, luminous prose, Leslie Parry offers a richly atmospheric vision of the past in a narrative of astonishing beauty, full of wondrous enchantments, a marvelous debut that will leave readers breathless.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062367556 (0062367552)
ASIN: 0062367552
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Beamis12
Beamis12 rated it
4.0 Church of Marvels
When I first started reading this I found it hard to follow, four different story-lines and I was confused, couldn't figure out what was going on nor who was who. My advice is to just enjoy the story let it lead where it takes you, don't try to figure out where it is going. Eventually that is what I...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
4.0 no religion in the church of marvels
This was a great mix of literary, historical and mystery/puzzle fiction. It's a dark tale, where the freaks embody humanity and the so called normals, well not so much. It's a slow reveal, and even when you stay frosty, you will have some "I didn't see that coming" moments. Incredible diverse ca...
Dem
Dem rated it
5.0 Church of Marvels: A Novel
I lOVED Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry Set in the New York at the turn of the century this stroy is cleverly written and such an engaging novel full of twists and turns with complex characters and a plot that is dark and gritty. ( Just my kind of story )My favourite thing about this novel was ...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
4.5 Church of Marvels, by Leslie Parry
The prologue of Leslie Parry’s Church of Marvels might lead you to think that it’s the story of Belle Church, a sword-swallower and contortionist. (Readers who cheat and jump to the end of the book and scope out of the epilogue will end up thinking the same.) In reality, Church of Marvels is about f...
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