I’ve finished “Heiresses” and enjoyed it. There was only one story that I didn’t like at all – perhaps it was over my head?
The one standout story for me was “The Coffinmaker.” A well thought out and lovely story, a love story about Death. I can’t wait to do a little digging to see if any of the authors in this anthology have written anything else.
Now, onto the next:
“Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue
Publisher’s synopsis: Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.
The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.
In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
I’m a fan of Emma Donoghue’s, having enjoyed reading “Room” and loved “Slammerkin” so was looking forward to reading this. So far, it seems to be living up to what I had hoped for. The narrative slips back and forth from the present to the past when Blanche and Jenny first meet. Blanche is a dancer and a whore, Jenny is a crossdresser who is breaking the law just by existing and the two form an unlikely friendship.
“Frog Music” is such a departure from the writing style of “Room” but if you have read some of her other work like “Slammerkin” it will feel familiar. If “Frog Music” lives up to the reviews, i hope to read more of her work!