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Sarah Canary - Karen Joy Fowler
Sarah Canary
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When black cloaked Sarah Canary wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin Ah Kin is ordered by his uncle to escort "the ugliest woman he could imagine" away. Far away. But Chin soon becomes the follower. In the first of many such instances, they are separated, both... show more
When black cloaked Sarah Canary wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin Ah Kin is ordered by his uncle to escort "the ugliest woman he could imagine" away. Far away. But Chin soon becomes the follower. In the first of many such instances, they are separated, both resurfacing some days later at an insane asylum. Chin has run afoul of the law and Sarah has been committed for observation. Their escape from the asylum in the company of another inmate sets into motion a series of adventures and misadventures that are at once hilarious, deeply moving, and downright terrifying.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452286474 (0452286476)
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Noel's Blog
Noel's Blog rated it
5.0
As one of the characters, B.J. Voisard, might describe it, this story is exactly like the quest for the grail, except it takes place in late 19th century America instead of medieval England, and instead of a grail there’s a mysterious woman with an unknown past who can’t speak, and instead of valia...
thomcat
thomcat rated it
Karen Joy Fowler's first novel was Sarah Canary, and this well recognized work was added to the list of Science Fiction Masterworks just last year. I left one spot open on my list of authors for the Women of Genre Fiction reading challenge, and upon discovering the setting of this book, it was added...
crownoflaurel
crownoflaurel rated it
Intriguing, but maybe a bit scattered? The characters were all very fun, and I liked that there wasn't really an answer at the end, but the timeline jumps quickly & was hard to follow the characters, especially as the author avoided identifying them until you were well into the next scene.
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