Little by Edward Carey


The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. In 1761, a tiny, odd-looking girl named Marie is born in a village in Switzerland. After the death of her parents, she is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor and whisked off to the seamy streets of Paris, where they meet a domineering widow and her quiet, pale son. T...

Details Little

Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, France

Reviews Little

  • Creager
    I am astounded. I am charmed. I am awaiting the manifestation of pure joy this enchanting book will be for the ages. Anne Marie Grosholtz is as tall as the human heart but her outlook is to the moon. Orphaned at a young age, this child is apprenticed to a physician whose wax modeling lends a twist of the macabre and is a precursor to Marie’s wondrous involvement with French royalty, a revolution, and museums. Complete with elucidating illustrat...
  • Mila
    4,5 starsThis novel turned out to be such a pleasant surprise for me, the wonderful, strange and all around fascinating story of Little, later known to the whole world as Madame Tussaud. This book captivated me, made laugh and cry, I rooted for Marie so hard throughout the whole book because she's such an amazing and peculiar woman, you want her to succeed and be happy. This particular novel mostly tells in detail her life in France, before she o...
  • Demi
    Oh my goodness, I love her. Marie has such a wonderful, sharp, eccentric little voice (no pun intended), and she lives in an incredible time in French history. The art is a delightful addition—it fits right in with Marie’s personality. Just marvelous.
  • Cecily Sailer
    So delightful, absorbing, filled with oddities, morbidities, tenderness, and artistic achievement. In this fictional rendering of the life of Madame Tussaud, she is her own narrator, shifting between different homes, lacking agency but still infused with power. Suddenly orphaned at a young age, she begins to learn the art of molding and wax-casting early, under the tutelage of an eccentric and isolated man. This skill will place her in the path o...
  • Karen
    My favorite book so far in 2018. Gorgeously written.
  • Jackie Law
    Little, by Edward Carey, tells the story of Anne Marie Grosholtz, born prematurely in a remote Swiss village in 1761, who would one day become known as Madame Tussaud. Marie’s father was a soldier so she was raised by her mother, moving to Berne when she was six years old. Here she learns the art of modelling with wax from their employer, Doctor Phillipe Curtius. Curtius works for the local hospital creating models from body parts that are used...
  • Jackie
    2.5 to 3. It’s an alright book. It lost a star because no where did the author say this was loosely based on a real life person. So I can see someone wrongly thinking it was fact. Additionally it was so overly dramatic... the drawings were good though
  • Celia
    This book was a marvel! It was eccentric, fascinating, hilarious, and riveting. It tells of the life of Marie Tussaud and how she came to become the artist and storyteller we know more than 250 years later. The tone of the book was downright jovial in spite of the many trials Marie endured. As others have noted you root for Marie (aka Little) the whole way. I loved the illustrations too. Highly recommended!By the way I read the advanced reader co...
  • Anmiryam
    Who could imagine that the life of Madame Tussaud could be the basis for a big hearted and truly wonderful novel, filled to the brim with voice and historical imagination? I didn't, but Edward Carey has brought his love for things -- no other novelist has so deep of love of the physical world and the language that describes it -- and a sense of macabre, mixed them with Marie's sense of wonder, passion, humor and anger, her love and her mission to...
  • Latkins
    This is a very original novel which tells the life story of 'Little', a servant girl from Switzerland who finds herself in Paris during the French Revolution. An apprentice to a wax model maker, the mild-mannered Doctor Curtius, she learns the trade herself, although her talents and work are not appreciated for many years. Embellished with a range of drawings throughout, this often macabre and tragic story retains a slightly comic undertone, even...
  • Melissa Rochelle
    It took Edward Carey 15 years to finish this book – in addition to writing it, he also illustrated it, and on his website he mentions that it can take a while to make the writing match the illustrations, well, it was worth the time, effort, and patience. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book, but I was enchanted from the very beginning. As I read, I could so easily see this being adapted into Tim Burtonesque film. Mari...
  • Nona
    Fascinating novelization of "Little" - Anna Maria Grosholtz Tussauds and her wax heads and figures. Her humble and sad beginnings as a housekeeper to Dr. Phillipe Curtius led to her unusual career. Molding wax models of internal organs for teaching purposes eventually led to her craft of molding heads and bodies in wax for public viewing. Edward Carey has woven a piece of history into a tale I could not put down.
  • Victoria
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Riverhead Books for the Advanced Reader Copy of Little. It was wonderful! I am likely not the first nor will be the last to term this historical fiction novel as charming. Marie/Little is a fabulous creation and I’m now going to research which parts of her story have a basis in fact. I felt like I was reading a Dickens novel, and the illustrations added so much. I highly recommend this title. I would deem it a 4.5 sta...
  • Madeline Partner
    Little is a charming rendition of Madame Tussaud's life, following the meandering path of her life from Switzerland to France. I'm not sure how heavily this is based in fact, but regardless of the novel's truth, I enjoyed it immensely! Little is broken up into parts based on Madame Tussaud's age (she is mainly referred to as Little or Marie). Each part revolves around a central experience that occurred in the specified age range/years. Through th...
  • Annarella
    A wonderful historical novel, so full of emotions and entertaining.I really loved it and I strongly recommend this book.Many thanks to Riverhead Books and Edelweiss for this ARC
  • Katie Fellows
    A wonderful fictional re-telling of the life of Madame Tussaud. The book explores the social history of France pre and post the French Revolution in a fantastic manner! The illustrations just add something extra to a great and gripping read!
  • Virginia
    **Review to come**
  • Jayne
    Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MAWhat a delightfully different story!In this age of political tell-alls or unreliably narrated was refreshing to read a quirky, humourous, interesting, sad tale of Madame Tussaud. Yes, there was license taken with the historical facts. No, some of it cannot be proven - let’s not take away from a good yarn. The author’s frank admission that ‘this book has taken me fifteen ...
  • Geoff. Lamb
    Observatory Mansions is not only my favourite novel written by Edward Carey, OM is one of my favourite novel, period. So, in addition to the pleasure of receiving Little in a Goodreads giveaway, I was pleased to have a new Carey to read. The section entitled "Before" was intriguing. However, by early into Book One, it became progressively more difficult to turn the page. Nevertheless, I plodded on in what was to me an increasingly tedious story. ...
  • Beverley Albright
    I won this book from the goodreads giveaway. I am always glad to win and I try to pick books that I think I may like, of course.But the more I read this book, the more distracted I became. The beginning was good, but once Marie's mother died, I could not stay with it. Everything but the book grabbed my attention.While I am sure Mr. Carey put a lot of work into the book and that is appreciated, I just could not finish this book. Perhaps I will pic...
  • Val
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. "Delightful" is NOT a word to be commonly found in my daily conversation. Yet that's the first word I think of when describing this book. Charming and wonderful, even a little amazing. I never knew anything about the famous Madame Tussaud until now. When I put this book down I almost felt as if I'd met her. Bravo! Highly recommended for anyone interested in unusual art and its history.
  • James Beggarly
    Beautiful and emotional tale of the origin of Madame Tussaud, narrated by the woman herself. And that narrator will stay with you long after you finish the book. She’s an extraordinary creation fully in awe of the times she lives through, never defeated by any setback and always looking for someone who is deserving of her full love.
  • Maudaevee
    My favorite book of 2018!!! I loved everything about it. This was historical fiction perfectly done, I will definitely look for more by this author.