Sarah Canary

Sarah Canary

Paperback S.F. Masterworks

By (author) Karen Joy Fowler, Designed by Christopher Gibbs

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  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 26mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 13 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0575131365
  • ISBN 13: 9780575131361
  • Sales rank: 148,478

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Set in the Old West, this is the strange, magical tale of Sarah Canary and the ragtag band of misfits and lovers she trails in her wake 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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Author information

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of four earlier novels and two short story collections. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart Season. Fowler's short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Davis and Santa Cruz, California.

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When an enigmatic woman cloaked in black wanders into a Chinese labour camp in the Pacific Northwest of 1873, one man is chosen to escort her far away from the fearful inhabitants. But soon, he becomes the enchanted follower. Thus begins a magical journey . . . 'A work of art' Chicago Tribune 'A stunning debut' Publishers Weekly Karen Joy Fowler (1950-) Karen Joy Fowler was born in Indiana. An author of science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction, she is best known for her bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club.