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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb - A Novel

Melanie Benjamin

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In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration-and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength. "Never would I allow my size to define me. Instead, I would define it." She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world's most unexpected celebrity. Here, in Vinnie's singular and spirited voice, is her amazing adventure-from a showboat "freak" revue where she endured jeering mobs to her fateful meeting with the two men who would change her life: P. T. Barnum and Charles Stratton, AKA Tom Thumb. Their wedding would captivate the nation, preempt coverage of the Civil War, and usher them into the White House and the company of presidents and queens. But Vinnie's fame would also endanger the person she prized most: her similarly-sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie's spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman's public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams-and whose story will surely win over yours. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kim Mai Guest

Length:

15h


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

09:08


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

43:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

49:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:11:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:27:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

45:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

47:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

37:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

40:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:20:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:52:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

55:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

14:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:30