I have just finished reading Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran. The book is set in 1790s France. Madame Tussaud tells the story of Marie Grosholtz, the creator with her uncle of the wax works that now bears her (married) name. If the book's research is reliable, and I am inclined to believe that it is, I learned much good history of the French Revolution in its pages. The book serves to illustrate what I have long believed, that one can learn about the past from well-written, thoroughly researched fiction. After all, isn't good historical fiction just filling in the blank areas around the facts of history? There are precious few of the latter, and the careful novelist is just as capable of making assumptions and drawing conclusions about what happened as the historians.
Causes Harlan Hague Supports
Oxfam, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Central Asia Institute