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The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds
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Nov 07, 2009

liked it

This was a strange book for me to pick up - libraries aren't quite the same as bookstores in terms of book fondling, but I still do it. Sometimes I pick up a book that just feels like I should read it - sometimes it works out well, and this one did.

The story is very Dickensian only without the factories, though there is a Prison and Madhouse. I felt the time and place of the story to be 1848-ish, and possibly that Scrooge might be hanging out in the next town over. Even with this suggestion of a when and where, there was a sense of unreality - I wasn't sure about timelines of events. It also has a fairy tale flavor, only you don't know who the princess is or where the prince is. And the evil fairy isn't really evil, just sad and full of self-hate but you really don't know that either - its more about feeling. The author lets you feel things like loneliness, and the confusion of moving from isolation to being surrounded by people who love you.


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