Karen Joy Fowler - Sister Noon (2nd Hand Paperback)
'Words were invented so lies could be told' - Mary Ellen Pleasant.
San Francisco in the 1890's is a town of contradictions, home to a respectable middle class, but with the Wild West lingering in the imagination, and even the behaviour, of some residents.
Lizzie Hayes, a seemingly docile, middle-aged spinster, is praised for her volunteer work with the Ladies' Relief and Protection Society Home, or the Brown Ark. She doesn't know it, but she's waiting for the spark that will liberate her from convention.
When the wealthy and well-connected but ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant shows up at the Brown Ark with an orphan in tow, Lizzie is drawn to them both. It is the beautiful Mrs Pleasant, object of suspicion because of her mysterious past and rumoured voodoo practise, who holds the key to freeing Lizzie's rebellious nature.
Based on real historical figures, San Francisco in the gilded age is brought vibrantly to life in Karen Joy Fowler's entertaining, evocative and sinister novel.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Good (Almost Very Good)
- Category : Fiction - Families & Sagas
- Published : 2001 (This Edition 2015 - Serpent's Tail)
- ISBN : 9781781255490
- SKU : B002454
- PPC : LL300gm
- RRP : £7.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"A dazzling book." - Jonathan Lethem.
"Fowler has a voice like no other, lyrical, shrewd and addictive, with a quiet deadpan humour that underlies almost every sentence." - Newsday.
"Robust, sly, witty, elegant, unexpected." - New York Times Book Review.
"Fowler's language dazzles." - San Francisco Chronicle.
"Karen Joy Fowler has magic powers." - Sophie Hannah.
Karen Joy Fowler is an American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Her work often centres on the nineteenth century, the lives of women, and alienation. She is best known as the author of the best-selling novel The Jane Austen Book Club that was made into a movie of the same name.
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