This book is an interesting character drama as well as a richly detailed historical fiction. The story is about people's perceptions and self-truths, and as the title suggests, it is a novel about Bartholomew's personal transformation. Though he's always considered his thinness as a gift, the uniqueness of his talent and the specialness of all the performers is called into question in his mind.
Bryson weaves an intricate and interesting tale. Bartholomew's back story was reveled slowly in pieces throughout the book and it was an artful way to unveil his character. I also enjoyed how fact blended with fiction and actual events were woven into the narrative. For those that enjoy historical fiction of this time period or those interested in the cast and characters of Barnum's American Museum, The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno is definitely a book you won't want to miss.