MICHELLE MORAN was a public high school teacher for six years and is currently a full-time writer living in California. She is the author of the national bestseller Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Cleopatra's Daughter.
Marie Grosholtz, better known as Madame Tussaud, was introduced to the wealthy and powerful through her wax sculpting and used her talent and wit to straddle both worlds and survive the Reign of Terror. Elegant and empathetic. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/14/11) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Certain to be a breakout book for Moran, this superbly written and plotted work is a welcome addition to historical fiction collections. The shocking actions and behavior required of Tussaud to survive the revolution make the novel a true page-turner and a perfect reading group choice."--Library Journal, starred review
"This is a first-class novel, brilliantly written, and
Michelle Moran has authentically evoked an era, infusing her
narrative with passages of gripping and often horrifying drama, set
in one of history's most brutal periods. The scope of the author's
research is staggering, but you won't need to get to the notes at
the end to realize that. As historical novels go, this is of the
first rank--a page-turner that is both vividly and elegantly
written. I feel privileged to be able to endorse it."--Alison
Weir, author of Eleanor of Aquitane
"Moran's latest is an excellent and entertaining novel steeped in the zeitgeist of the period. Highly recommended."--Historical Novels Review, Editors' Choice "This is an unusually moving portrayal of families in distress, both common and noble. Marie Antoinette in particular becomes a surprisingly dimensional figure rather than the fashionplate, spendthrift caricature depicted in the pamphlets of her times. A feat for Francophiles and adventurers alike."--Publishers Weekly "Madame Tussaud...is brought to life in this well-crafted, fast-paced novel by the talented Michelle Moran...Michelle Moran has done what few novelists have been successfully able to accomplish, and that is to depict the full range of the swift political changes that occurred in the few years from the fall of the Bastille to the beheading of the king. Madame Tussaud promises to be a breakout book for this talented writer--a novel that is both a gripping fictionalized biography of an intriguing woman and a well-paced, illuminating chronicle of the French Revolution."--New York Journal of Books "Well-plotted...Mannered and elegant; reminiscent in many ways of novels of days long past."--Kirkus