29 March 2014

Frog Music; Emma Donoghue

Frog MusicFrog Music by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a very different read than Room! I write that with pleasure, not surprise or sadness that the author has changed genres. Instead of a modern day story we have a historical supposal about a mystery set in 1870s San Francisco: the question isn't really who shot Jenny Bonnet, but why (and was she the real target). Told in 'present' day as well as flashbacks to the previous five weeks activities by Blanche Beunon, we learn about both Jenny's uniqueness (wearing trousers, riding a high-wheel, catching frogs) and Blanche's somewhat abusive relationship with her macques (the man with whom she lives, the man she keeps by stripping and prostitution).

While less of a gripping read than Room, Frog Music is as well-written. I can't wait for her next book.

ARC provided by publisher.

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