Publication 2010:

US-Henry Holt/McMillian


Set in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in the New York of 1865, a human freak contemplates human appetites and longings, and what it means to be profoundly unique.



2010 Winner, San Diego Book Award for Historic Fiction; 

2011 Shortlisted Great Britain’s Historic Writers Association’s Début Novel

July 2010 Indie Pick of the Month, Notable

2010 Book-of-the-Month Club Alternative  

Resources from that place and time ...
Circus Freaks

Mission Creep

Hand drawn images of prodigies by artist James Mundie

Special People  circus Freaks Bartholomew Fortuno

Special People

Shows some real cartes de visite

Circus Freaks P.T.Barnum Old NY Fiction

The Lost Museum:

The most comprehensive library about the Barnum's Museum. Dig in. 

Circus Freaks Quirky Fiction


An encyclopaedia of performers in that era

The Charlatan (working title)

It's 1923 American. Young Alma's grifter father sends her to hide with her mother in the mill town of Lowell, Mass.  When her mother disappears without a trace, Alma tracks her to Boston, but ends up working for a famous Boston spiritualist who is determined to trick the famous Harry Houdini into believing she can raise the dead.  But many other strange and surprising things are raised when Alma and the spiritualist come together.

Hawk Hill  
(working title)

Past and present collide when a woman who hears voices inherits the old country house near Petersham Mass. She uncovers a painting of an actress once accused of murdering a prostitute in 1836 New York and is driven, and then led, to prove the innocence of a woman long ago dead. 


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