Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran

By Michelle Moran

The global understands Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . yet who was once this girl who turned probably the most recognized sculptresses of all time? In those pages, her tumultuous and awesome tale involves lifestyles as purely Michelle Moran can inform it. The yr is 1788, and a revolution is set to begin.
 
Smart and bold, Marie Tussaud has realized the secrets and techniques of wax sculpting via operating along her uncle of their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her well known version of the yankee ambassador, Thomas Jefferson, to her tableau of the royal family members at dinner, Marie’s museum offers Parisians with the very most up-to-date information on type, gossip, or even politics. Her consumers hail from each stroll of existence, but her maximum dream is to draw the eye of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI; their stamp of approval on her paintings may catapult her and her museum to the celebrity and riches she wishes. After months of anticipation, Marie learns that the royal kinfolk is prepared to come back and notice their likenesses. once they eventually arrive, the king’s sister is so inspired that she requests Marie’s presence at Versailles as a royal educate in wax sculpting. it's a request Marie is aware she can't refuse—even if it capability time away
from her cherished Salon and her more and more expensive buddy, Henri Charles.
 
As Marie will get to grasp her scholar, Princesse Élisabeth, she additionally turns into conversant in the king and queen, who introduce her to the glamorous lifestyles at court docket. From lavish events with extra cuisine than she’s ever visible to rooms packed with candles lit just once sooner than being discarded, Marie steps right into a international totally varied from her domestic at the street du Temple, the place individuals are promoting their tooth that allows you to positioned nutrients at the table.
 
Meanwhile, many resent the mammoth separation among wealthy and bad. In salons and cafés throughout Paris, humans like Camille Desmoulins, Jean-Paul Marat, and Maximilien Robespierre are lashing out opposed to the monarchy. quickly, there’s whispered speak of revolution. . . . Will Marie have the ability to carry directly to either the affection of her existence and her friendship with the royal family members as France methods civil struggle? And extra vital, will she be capable to satisfy the calls for of robust revolutionaries who ask that she make the loss of life mask of beheaded aristocrats, a few of whom she knows?
 
Spanning 5 years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the realm of an important heroine whose expertise for wax modeling kept her lifestyles and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction

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