Kitty Hayward arrives in New York from England with almost no money, and knowing no one but her mother. When her mother vanishes without a trace and the hotel employees claim to have never seen Kitty before, she is left penniless and homeless, surrounded by the freaks and other Unusuals of Dreamland, Coney Island’s newest amusement park.
Kitty finds help in the strangest of places: Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, a dilapidated
museum of oddities and monstrosities. Soon Kitty’s new friends—from flea wranglers to lion tamers to mad scientists—vow to help find her mother. But they hadn’t counted on the mysterious illness spreading through Dreamland, or the panic that ensues, turning the amusement park to a madhouse.
Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is a book peopled by brilliant, larger-than-life characters that survive on the fringes of a society that despises the unusual or the different. These characters, and the world they inhabit, leap off the pages in glorious splendor, drawing the reader to dance in the light of their flames.
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