2011 Release: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

The author of one of my favorite reads of 2010, Alice, I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, is coming out with a new book titled The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb and I can't wait to read it!

Release Date:  July 26, 2011


In her national bestseller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

“Never would I allow my size to define me. Instead, I would define it.” 
She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world’s most unexpected celebrity.

Here, in Vinnie’s singular and spirited voice, is her amazing adventure—from a showboat “freak” revue where she endured jeering mobs to her fateful meeting with the two men who would change her life: P. T. Barnum and Charles Stratton, AKA Tom Thumb. Their wedding would captivate the nation, preempt coverage of the Civil War, and usher them into the White House and the company of presidents and queens. But Vinnie’s fame would also endanger the person she prized most: her similarly-sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight.

A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman’s public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.



  1. Must be an extremely unusual and inspiring story. I hadn't heard of her character at all so this is something to look forward to.

  2. I just read a review for a biography of Tom Thumb, so this feature comes at just the right time to be relevant to me. It sounds like a great book, and one I'd like to check out! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. This book sounds like it would be an extremly good read and, hopefully, provide all readers to show more compassion to those people so afflicted.

  4. This looks really interesting. I had Alice, I Have Been out from the library a couple times but still haven't read it!

  5. This one sounds interesting. I haven't read, Alice, I Have Been yet either... I need to catch up LOL!

  6. I just adored Alice I Have Been and I am soooo excited for this one. Looks amazing.

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