Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (7)

I haven't done Waiting on Wednesday in AGES!, and I'm really not planning on making it a regular feature. But Wednesdays when there is a book that I am SUPER excited about, I will participate. So, logistics.
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Basically, I pick a book I'm excited about that's coming out sometime soon.

And this week's pick is:

The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson

Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Summary:Water for Elephants meets Geek Love in this riveting first novel, an enchanting love story set in P. T. Barnum's American Museum in 1865 New York City

Bartholomew Fortuno, the World's Thinnest Man, believes that his unusual body is a gift. Hired by none other than P. T. Barnum to work at his spectacular American Museum—a modern marvel of macabre displays, breathtaking theatrical performances, and live shows by Barnum's cast of freaks and oddities—Fortuno has reached the pinnacle of his career. But after a decade of constant work, he finds his sense of self, and his contentment within the walls of the museum, flagging. When a carriage pulls up outside the museum in the dead of night, bearing Barnum and a mysterious veiled woman—rumored to be a new performer—Fortuno's curiosity is piqued. And when Barnum asks Fortuno to follow her and report back on her whereabouts, his world is turned upside down. Why is Barnum so obsessed with this woman? Who is she, really? And why has she taken such a hold on the hearts of those around her?

Set in the New York of 1865, a time when carriages rattled down cobblestone streets, raucous bordellos near the docks thrived, and the country was mourning the death of President Lincoln, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno is a moving novel about human appetites and longings. With pitch-perfect prose, Ellen Bryson explores what it means to be profoundly unique—and how the power of love can transcend even the greatest divisions.

I haven't read Geek Love, but I actually loved Water for Elephants, and there's something about the world's thinnest man that I find absolutely intriguing. I am super psyched about this book! :-)

You can check out the author's website to read more.

What are you waiting for this week?


Jill said...

I resisted Water for Elephants forever (why?) until the buzz got so strong...and I loved it. This one's going on my list...thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have yet to read Water for Elephants...I must do that soon before Robert Pattinson makes it trendy...:D Good pick, Ill have to check out both books.

Alayne said...

I have this one at home actually and can't wait to read it! My WOW pick is at The Crowded Leaf.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This one looks really interesting! I read something similar by annette curtis klause called "freaks". Great pick!

Jan von Harz said...

Not familiar with either of this authors books, but you definitely piqued my interest. Thanks for putting both books on my radar

yuan said...

I really like the title font. And the premise looks intriguing. 8D

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Sounds really interesting! I'll be adding this one to my wishlist.

I love your layout!

and...thanks for stopping by and checking out my WOW post :)

Unknown said...

I will be interested to hear what you think of this when you get it. I'm intrigued by the premise.

vvb32 reads said...

sounds wonderful. the title alone is great. i liked water for elephants too. and i like circus-related stories. so i should add this to my list too ;-D

Tales of Whimsy said...

Such an intriguing cover.

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