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The Transformation Of Bartholomew Fortuno: A Love Story by Ellen Bryson 

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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 and live performances by Barnum's cast of freaks and oddities - Fortuno has reached the pinnacle of his career. But after a decade of solid performance, he finds his contentment flagging. When a carriage pulls up outside the museum in the dead of night, bearing Barnum and a mysterious veiled woman - rumoured 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 woma? Who is she, really? And why has she taken such a hold of the hearts of those around her? "The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno" is a moving novel about human appetites and longings, exploring, in pitch-perfect prose, what it means to be profoundly unique - and ... read more

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