4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful tale, extremely original and full of great characters. It involves the reader in real modern day issues with Tom's mother and grandmother, and takes us back in time to some fascinating and unusual issues and characters of the 19th Century. The 'freaks', Astra, Malachi Twist, the Gorilla Woman and the rest of them, truly come alive for us, and their stories, sometimes very funny, sometimes sad, build up to a really exciting climax. Highly recommended!