“Spellbinding…Hoffman’s penchant for the magical is on full display in this world filled with rogues, strivers, corrupt politicians, Gilded Age riches and debilitating poverty. The chaos and grandeur of New York City at the time make it a character in its own right, as monstrous and intoxicating as the circus sideshow that traps Coralie and makes her a star.” Read the full review
“A richly textured work balancing magical realism with historical fact…in Hoffman’s spellbinding tale, the New York City of 1911 straddles the past and the present: electricity has begun ‘snaking through Brooklyn, turning night into day,’ the woods of upper Manhattan are giving way to sidewalks and streets, and factory owners will stop at nothing to keep prices low and workers marginalized. In a gritty nation on the brink of profound change, there is always the chance that something miraculous can happen—as when Coralie and Eddie meet and find not just love, but hope.” Read the full review
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“A lavish tale about strange yet sympathetic people, haunted by the past and living in bizarre circumstances…Once Coralie and Eddie discover each other, their profound, mystical attraction and mutual obsession become forces of their own, driving the story forward…Imaginative…a big, entertaining tale.” Read the full review
—New York Times Book Review
“The year 1911 had an apocalyptic feel in New York City as fire devastated the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village and destroyed the amusement park Dreamland that rose above Coney Island. Manhattan wasn’t yet entirely tamed by concrete and people still believed in the fantastical. Alice Hoffman, whose brand of magic realism really should have a patent pending, makes lovely work of the era in her new city-centric novel, The Museum of Extraordinary Things.” Read the full review
—New York Daily News
“Alice Hoffman’s storytelling magic is on abundant display in her new novel, which folds a romance and a tightly plotted mystery within a brilliant portrait of the splendors and miseries of New York during a pivotal year in the city’s history. It’s a pleasure to report this return to top form by Hoffman… Hoffman expertly weaves the future lovers’ monologues with a third-person account moving through the spring of 1911 to create a wonderfully rich narrative tapestry. Her prose is as lyrically beautiful as ever, evoking the teeming complexity of New York … The action-packed story line sweeps through labor strife, a missing Triangle worker eventually fished from the Hudson, the exposure of her murderer and a bravura plot twist that reveals the truth about Coralie’s mother.” Read the full review
“In this, her 29th novel — 29th! — Alice Hoffman’s inventiveness and style show no fatigue. Quite the contrary, in fact. Whatever you might desire from a novel, it’s here: a mermaid, a wolf, a scary hermit, a dead girl made up to look like a river monster, a bird girl, an ex-con good guy and a thoroughly blackhearted villain, not to mention two passionate lovers.” Read the full review
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Fans of Hoffman will not be disappointed. Lush imagery, extensive use of period details, well-drawn, and vivid prose make this a sumptuous read…a rich reading experience.” Read the full review
—The Seattle Times
“Novelist Alice Hoffman employs her trademark alchemy of finding the magical amid the ordinary in her mesmerizing new novel…Hoffman is expert at depicting people who are often considered life’s ‘others’: outsiders, the lonely, the grief-stricken…if you’re looking for an enchanting love story rich with history and a sense of place, step right up to The Museum of Extraordinary Things.” Read the full review
“Hoffman breathes fiery life into an enrapturing fairy tale and historical fiction mash-up… Hoffman unveils both horror and magic in this transfixing tale of liberation and love in a metropolis of lies, yearning, and metamorphosis.” Read the full review
—Booklist, Starred Review
“With a sprinkling of magical realism, Hoffman blends social realism, historical fiction, romance and mystery in fast-paced and dramatic novel filled with colorful characters and vivid scenes of life in New York more than a century ago.”
“Classic Hoffman: a bewitching world of time and place (in this case, Coney Island and its boardwalk freak show in the early 1900s) suffused with magical moments, a mysterious disappearance and romance.” Read the full review
“In Hoffman’s portrait of its great and tormented beauty, New York shines as a wonder of the world in its savage grace…Mysteries and magical realism are matched by characters (of two- and four-legged and winged variety) that leap off the page. The darkness of The Museum of Extraordinary Things is pierced by ineffable moments of grace. Art saves lives, but only love (always an achievement) redeems them. Alice Hoffman is a national treasure.” Read the full review
—The Historical Novel Society
“[Hoffman is] a master of craft and a lover of language. Each sentence shows precision and deliberation…’ The Museum of Extraordinary Things’ lives up to the ‘extraordinary’ of its title, a work of passion that celebrates a place and an era even while it explores a particularly dark moment in New York’s history.” Read the full review
—The Savannah Morning News
“A winding, redemptive romance set against the backdrop of a New York City on the verge of social revolution.” Read the full review
“Hoffman masterfully creates two characters of depth and emotion in Eddie and Coralie…[she] does not disappoint .” Read the full review
—The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“One thing’s for sure. Alice Hoffman knows how to tell a story. The Museum of Extraordinary Things takes us to the New York City of 1911… She’s also first-rate at describing the people who populate that world, particularly the three main characters—the professor; his daughter; Coralie and Eddie… In her latest, Hoffman gives us extraordinary things and extraordinary times. And more.” Read the full review
—The Artery, 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR
“The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.” Read the full review
—Red Carpet Crash
“In The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Alice Hoffman mounts an arresting display: a New York City tale rich with literary inspiration, history, and urban legend. Readers often talk about being immersed in novels; this is a satisfying swim in tidal waters. Take the plunge.”
—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Out of Oz
“Alice Hoffman understands and delivers the ordinary and the extraordinary in this contemporary novel of the past. As always, her powerful, elegant prose embraces tremendous passion with constant, clear-eyed compassion.”
—Amy Bloom, author of Away
“As always, Alice Hoffman amazes me with her ability to use words the way other master artists use watercolors, painting the dreamlike world of a girl who grows up in a hall of wonders only to learn that something as ordinary as love is the greatest marvel of all. Many novels these days are called ‘stunning’ but this one truly IS: part love story, part mystery, part history, and all beauty.”
—Jodi Picoult, author of The Storyteller and Lone Wolf
“Hoffman breathes fiery life into an enrapturing fairy tale and historical fiction mash-up… Hoffman unveils both horror and magic in this transfixing tale of liberation and love in a metropolis of lies, yearning, and metamorphosis.”
—Donna Seaman, Booklist, Starred Review
Additional Praise and News:
Read the Newsday article about Alice’s Long Island inspirations for The Museum of Extraordinary Things and her upcoming visit to the area.
Read Alice’s latest interview with the New York Times.
Read the New York Times interview with Jodi Picoult, bestselling author and Alice Hoffman fan.
Watch bestselling novelist Alice Hoffman discuss the transformative power of imagination and how it influences her fiction.
A paperback release update for MOET:
The Museum of Extraordinary Things is currently #7 on the Boston Globe paperback bestsellers list and #10 on the Indie Bestsellers list!
Alice visits with WGN 720, Steve Bertrand on Books. Listen here.
The New York Times chats with Alice Hoffman. Click here to read this fascinating Q&A.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things debuts at #15 on the New York Times Best Sellers List!
From Publisher’s Weekly, the newest bestsellers, featuring The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Click here to read
Visit the Praise page for The Museum of Extraordinary Things to read the latest reviews!
Alice Hoffman talks with actress Judith Light about The Museum of Extraordinary Things. The Tony/Emmy award-winning actress also reads on the audio version of Alice’s latest novel. Listen here.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things debuts at #3 on the Boswell and Books bestseller list! Click here to learn more.
The Artery, 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR: Alice Hoffman Gives Voice to Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times. Click here to read.
USA Today cites The Museum of Extraordinary Things in its New and noteworthy column. Read column.