Carol asked:

so, is this historical fiction since "A Novel" is noted on the cover of the book? I was enjoying it so, because I thought it real, but someone pointed out that "novel" was part of the I'm not so sure

Sarah Yes, this book is historical fiction. Melanie Benjamin created this "account" based on historical documents, including ones written by Mrs. Tom Thumb (Vinnie). Many of the events, details, and characters described are based in fact, and I believe all of the Intermission articles are real, too. But a lot of Vinnie's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the book are interpretations and imaginings by the author.
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