by Melanie Benjamin
This was a historical fiction book about Mrs. Tom Thumb aka Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump. She was a “little person” who ended up in PT Barnum’s Circus and becoming great friends with him. In fact he was probably her soul mate but he was married and of normal size. Of course reading a book like this you don’t know exactly what is true. The author says Vinnie did not leave behind much detail about her life in her writings so a lot is speculation. It was an interesting story, but at times I didn’t like Vinnie very much. It was interesting to note that if Vinnie had been born now she would have been given growth hormone drugs since she was born a normal size baby. I would recommend this book.