Frog Music (Hardback)Emma Donoghue (author)
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San Francisco, 1876: a stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City.
Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest.
When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead.
Inspired by true events, Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue, author of the award-winning Room, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: elegant, erotic and witty.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 553 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 40 mm
Frog Music is a roiling, simmering brew of a novel: dramatic, unexpected * Spectator *
This is another smart and finely wrought consideration of parenthood, further proof of Donoghue's significant skill as an author -- Alex Preston * Observer *
Emma Donoghue is one of the great literary ventriloquists of our time. Her imagination is kaleidoscopic. She steps borders and boundaries with great ease and style. In her hands the centuries dissolve, and then they crystallize back again into powerful words on the page. -- Colum McCann
Emma Donoghue follows her bestseller Room with Frog Music. Set during a smallpox epidemic in San Francisco in 1876 and based on a true story, a burlesque dancer sets out to bring her friend's murderer to justice. -- Hot Books of 2014 * Daily Express *
The novel is brilliant as historical fiction and crime thriller... it succeeds best when showing the everyday things that don't change with time * Independent on Sunday *
Donoghue flawlessly combines literary eloquence and vigorous plotting in her first full-fledged mystery, a work as original and multifaceted as its young murder victim . . . In language spiced with musical interludes and raunchy French slang, Donoghue brings to teeming life the nasty, naughty side of this ethnically diverse metropolis . . . Most of her seedy, damaged characters really lived, and she not only posits a clever solution to a historical crime that was never adequately solved but also crafts . . . an engrossing and suspenseful tale about moral growth, unlikely friendship, and breaking free from the past. * Booklist *
Lively, entertaining and well-written * Evening Standard *
More fine work from one of popular fiction's most talented practitioners . . . Donoghue's vivid rendering of Gilded Age San Francisco is notable for her atmospheric use of popular songs and slang in Blanche's native French, but the book's emotional punch comes from its portrait of a woman growing into self-respect as she takes responsibility for the infant life she's created. * Kirkus Reviews *
Swift and absorbing * Vogue *
Emma Donoghue shows more than range with Frog Music - she shows genius. Like and unlike her stunning Room, this novel lifts into view a strange crime, a remarkable woman, and is a Ringling Brothers-grade feat of narrative strength. As ever, Donoghue focuses on people on the skirts of the world, who make their way outside the common middle of things. Blanche and Jenny are characters you will never forget, filmed in vibrant, cinemascope prose, and they mark Emma Donoghue's greatest achievement yet. -- Darin Strauss, author of HALF A LIFE
Donoghue's first literary crime novel is a departure from her bestselling Room, but it's just as dark and just as gripping as the latter . . . Aside from the obvious whodunit factor, the book is filled with period song lyrics and other historic details, expertly researched and flushed out . . . Donoghue's signature talent for setting tone and mood elevates the book from common cliffhanger to a true chef d'oeuvre. * Publishers Weekly *
It is certainly crazy, but it is also pretty gripping. Oh, and it is full of filthy sex * Sunday Times *
Those who raced through Emma Donoghue's Room will pounce upon her new and deliciously dark whodunit set in 19th Century San Francisco. -- Anna Brech, This Summer's Best Beach Books and Holiday Reads * Stylist *
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