My passion as a Francophile led me to read this fascinating novel about the incomparable Madame Tussaud.
Marie Tussaud comes from a long line of artists and has a natural talent for sculpting. Sadly, her meager earnings are barely enough to pay the rent much less for food. Until one day she is asked by the French Court to teach the Princess Elisabeth her unique gift of sculpting. Suddenly Marie finds that her popularity is encroaching in on her ability to create. Neighbors and fellow tradesman line up to pay any amount just to see her latest creations.
Meanwhile, French politics are beginning to heat up which causes Marie to doubt her relationship with the royal family. It is too late to just be a regular Parisian? Should she give up her talent and marry the love of her life? Marie must come to terms with many demanding issues of her time.
My Favorite Character
Marie Tussaud; she has an enviable talent, she has a level-headed opportunity to face the political issues of her time without offending the masses, and, mostly, she is just a woman who loves her work, her family and the royal family.
Words to Live By
“Man was born free and everywhere he is in shackles.” – Jean-Jacques Rosseau
“Man’s natural character is to imitate: that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating other’s vices that I have earned my misfortunes.” – Marquis de Sade
Francophiles, artists, and lovers of historical fiction.
The author, Michelle Moran, has a writing style that breaches time and space without sacrificing what it means to be an individual whose voice makes a difference during a lifetime of political upheaval. She tells this story with such force that it was hard for me to put Madame Tussaud down.
You can pick Madame Tussaud up at the Bellingham Public Library.