The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno

Ellen Bryson

‘Wildly inventive, highly entertaining’ The Times

In the late 1860s, as America was recovering from Lincoln’s assassination, a man named P. T. Barnum opened a museum in New York City. Filled with oddities from around the world, it also hosted a number of sideshow freaks – including The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno’s narrator, the Human Skeleton. This atmospheric and utterly original story of how he fell in love with the Bearded Lady is a moving novel about human appetites and longings, exploring what it means to be profoundly unique – and demonstrating love’s power to transcend even the greatest divisions.

‘A rich tapestry of romance, illusory science, criminal trickery and human intrigue. Let the show begin’ Kirkus


Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033051887101
Published: 01/09/2011

Ellen Bryson

Ellen Bryson

Ellen Bryson holds a BA in English from Columbia University and an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academics Program in Washington, DC. Formerly a modern dancer, she recently moved from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she and her husband danced tango. She now lives in southern California. The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno is her first novel.

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