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Madame Tussaud

A Novel of the French Revolution

By Michelle Moran

Madame Tussaud
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2011,
    464 pages.
    Paperback: Dec 2011,
    464 pages.

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Historical Fiction: Madame Tussaud's life during the French Revolution

I've read Michelle Moran's previous novels and have liked them reasonably well. I've thought her writing and research were good, but not great; there has generally been something about each one that I thought could have been better. However Madame Tussaud is in a league of its own. It is near perfect - historical fiction at its finest - and by far her best novel.

The book's full title is Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution, and that's an important clue to its subject. While we do find out a bit about Marie Grosholtz's life (she doesn't become Madame Tussaud until the book's epilogue), she's not the book's focus. This is a novel about the French Revolution, not about the rise of the creator of a famous museum. Marie is a witness; her first-person account of life before and during the Revolution provides a glimpse into the opulence of the dying regime as well as the ...

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