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Church of Marvels - A Novel

Leslie Parry

A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all. New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs. Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother's spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. Now Belle, the family's star, has vanished into the bowels of Manhattan, leaving Odile alone and desperate to find her. A young woman named Alphie awakens to find herself trapped across the river in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum-sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband's vile, overbearing mother. On the ward she meets another young woman of ethereal beauty who does not speak, a girl with an extraordinary talent that might save them both. As these strangers' lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold. Moving from the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York-a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger. In magnetic, luminous prose, Leslie Parry offers a richly atmospheric vision of the past in a narrative of astonishing beauty, full of wondrous enchantments, a marvelous debut that will leave readers breathless.

A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all. New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs. Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother's spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. Now Belle, the family's star, has vanished into the bowels of Manhattan, leaving Odile alone and desperate to find her. A young woman named Alphie awakens to find herself trapped across the river in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum-sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband's vile, overbearing mother. On the ward she meets another young woman of ethereal beauty who does not speak, a girl with an extraordinary talent that might save them both. As these strangers' lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold. Moving from the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York-a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger. In magnetic, luminous prose, Leslie Parry offers a richly atmospheric vision of the past in a narrative of astonishing beauty, full of wondrous enchantments, a marvelous debut that will leave readers breathless.
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A ravishing first novel, set in vibrant, tumultuous turn-of-the-century New York City, where the lives of four outsiders become entwined, bringing irrevocable change to them all. New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs. Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother's spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. Now Belle, the family's star, has vanished into the bowels of Manhattan, leaving Odile alone and desperate to find her. A young woman named Alphie awakens to find herself trapped across the river in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum-sure that her imprisonment is a ruse by her husband's vile, overbearing mother. On the ward she meets another young woman of ethereal beauty who does not speak, a girl with an extraordinary talent that might save them both. As these strangers' lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold. Moving from the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York-a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger. In magnetic, luminous prose, Leslie Parry offers a richly atmospheric vision of the past in a narrative of astonishing beauty, full of wondrous enchantments, a marvelous debut that will leave readers breathless.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Denice Stradling

Length:

10h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

10:33


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

28:06


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

38:49


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

37:03


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:35


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

32:07


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

42:01


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

19:57


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

31:02


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

25:11


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

16:52


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

28:25


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

19:50


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

11:32


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

32:33


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

26:19


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

21:42


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

08:00


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

16:03


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

08:35


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

20:49


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

09:37


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

11:11


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

03:34


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

04:31


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

02:41


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

07:03


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

09:02


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

15:43


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

03:53


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

24:39


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

14:37


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

07:13


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

42:43


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

01:09