I am a huge fan of outdoor museums - I've been to "old" towns with actors in Denmark, Japan, Germany and even Wichita (Cowtown with a "real" saloon shoot-out). So I'm intrigued by Pastworld - especially since some of the inhabitants don't seem to realize they are acting...read on:
(Summary from the Fall 2009 Bloomsbury catalog)
Eve is a pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists until she meets Caleb, a tourist from the present, whose visit goes horribly wrong when he finds himself accused of murder. Both Caleb and Eve have roles to play in the real murderer's diabolical plans - roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.
Narrow escapes, dark secrets, and moments of strange beauty converge to create a picture of a fascinating world within a world - and to offer a profound look at the thinning line between entertainment and reality.