By Sarah Kathryn York
This is the story of Edouard Beaupré. He was a circus giant, sideshow strongman, cowboy, family man, and celebrity. He was 8’4″, spoke five languages, and led an extraordinary life in many ways. When he died in 1904, at just 23 years old, his body was displayed in storefront windows, and then suddenly vanished. For years, it was submitted to experiments and dissections at the University of Montreal, and the promise to bury Edouard forgotten.
It is also the story of an anatomist with a rare disease, whose only cure is buried in the secrets of Edouard’s shrinking corpse. His strange obsession with the giant leads him deeper into Edouard’s life, and compels him towards the mystery of the man behind the legend.