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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb 

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (2011)
A novel by Melanie Benjamin

 
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.

Genre: General Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : Library Binding
Title: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (Center Point Platinum Fiction (Large Print))
Author(s): Melanie Benjamin
ISBN: 1611731860 / 9781611731866 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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July 2011 : Hardback
Title: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
Author(s): Melanie Benjamin
ISBN: 0385344155 / 9780385344159 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2012 : Paperback
Title: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Benjamin
ISBN: 0385344163 / 9780385344166 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

Audio Editions

July 2011 : Audio CD
Title: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Benjamin
ISBN: 0307713482 / 9780307713483 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel
Author(s): Melanie Benjamin
ISBN: B004J4WJY8
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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