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Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders
Goldie Goldbloom

AWP Award for the Novel

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2010 • 321 pp. 5 x 8"
Literary Fiction

$26.00 Hardcover, 978-1-930974-88-3

“ . . . one of the oddest and most wonderful books I've read in a long time. . . . while this might sound like the making of a familiar, traditional love story, Toad's Museum is anything but.”—Trish Crapo, Women's Review of Books

In the wake of a thwarted career as a concert pianist and the accompanying emotional fallout, Gin accepts a marriage proposal from the peculiar Mr. Toad. But nothing from the albino Gin Toad's upbringing in the bourgeois drawing rooms of Perth has prepared her for a hardscrabble existence on a subsistence farm in the Australian outback.

In her Wyalkatchem exile, she explores what it means to be a mother and wife, an underappreciated musician, and the town freak. She walks on eggshells to accomodate the cantankerous Toad and comes to accept her life without independence, music, or love--until Antonio arrives.

The Italian POWs forced into the Toads' service change the landscape of Gin's world. She is haunted by the memory of her first child's death; Antonio is exiled from a country and family he cherishes, banished to Western Australia while WWII threatens all he holds dear. In their mutual isolation and loss, the growing intimacy between Gin and Antonio becomes their escape from hardship--but will it also be their undoing?

Reviews / Endorsements

“Toads’ Museum of Freaks and Wonders is a strange, mesmerizing tale about characters uncomfortably defined by superficial eccentricities. It is also a wrenching love story.”—Joanna Scott


Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel

GOLDIE GOLDBLOOM'S fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Narrative and Prairie Schooner, as well as in anthologies in Australia and the USA. She won the 2008 AWP Novel Award and the Jerusalem Post International Fiction Prize. Her stories have been translated into more than ten languages. She lives in Chicago with her eight children.

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