New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill finds and rescues an abandoned baby while cleaning privies behind a tenement. The Church of Marvels, a Coney Island sideshow, has burnt to the ground, leaving Odile and Belle Church's mother dead in its ashes, and Belle has vanished. Alphie awakens to find herself in Blackwell's Lunatic Asylum, where she meets a girl with an extraordinary talent that might save them both. As these strangers' lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold.
From the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York, offering a richly atmospheric narrative that will leave readers breathless."