Publish date: March 25th 2014
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
Historical fiction tends to be a little hit-or-miss with me, and murder is not one of my favorite plot devices. As such, I would not have read this book if a friend had not recommended it -- but I'm glad that I did.The thing that overcomes my ambivalence about historical fiction and my general disin...
The first line is already awful before you get to the end of it. No book that starts with such a stiff sentence can be great. Emma Donoghue thinks that telling us the characters are in the front room this early in the book means something. It’s not. It’s just another extra word, like a lot of words ...
Frog Music Emma Donoghue, 2014 During the summer of 1876, San Francisco is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave, as well as an epidemic of smallpox. French burlesque dancer and high-class prostitute, Blanche Beunon is minding her own business when she is run into by a young woman - dressed li...
I love Khristine Hvam. I listened to this on audio book and immediately recognized the voice but couldn't quite place it, then quickly made the connection to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Khristine Hvam has such talent as a reader. As for this book, it was good. The characters were interesting and t...
Based on a true story, Frog Music is ostensibly about solving the murder of Jenny, a woman who was independent at a time when that was really, really threatening. But it is actually the story of Blanche, a French immigrant who isn't independent for most of the book. Too bad. Because although Jenny i...
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