Michelle Moran shows her readers the French Revolution through the eyes of Madame Marie Tussaud (nee Grosholtz), the famous wax sculptor whose name graces museums around the world nowadays.Written in first person, present tense, Moran gives the events an immediacy that drives home the difficulties of living in France both before and during the revolution. With a foot in both the royal and revolutionary camps (Marie is Princesse Elisabeth's sculpting tutor), she has to tread a very fine line. The Salon de Cire (wax room) is her family's source of income and she must keep them going through thick and thin.Without going into spoilers, suffice it to say that this was a fascinating book about the period and the woman, who experienced some horrifying things and came out the other side.I particularly appreciated the author's end notes, which outlined what happened to the historical figures who survived the revolution (many of them did not, of course -- including Robespierre, who fomented the Reign of Terror). Moran also included a note stating where she tweaked timelines, etc., by how much, and for what reason. It showed how well she did her homework, which is much appreciated by this reader.