Frog Music

Frog Music

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 28mm | 548g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Airside, Ireland & Open Market ed
  • 9781447249771
  • 64,365

Review quote

'Time and again, Emma Donoghue writes books that are unlike anything I have ever seen before.' Ann Patchett '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
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About Emma Donoghue

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who spent eight years in England before moving to Canada. Her fiction includes Slammerkin, Life Mask, Touchy Subjects and the international bestseller Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes).
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Rating details

25,104 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
5 11% (2,668)
4 30% (7,411)
3 36% (8,982)
2 17% (4,202)
1 7% (1,841)

Our customer reviews

I'd read The Sealed Letter, also by Donoghue, before. This novel showed some of the same strengths and some of the same weaknesses. As to it strengths, Donoghue is a really good story teller. She draws the characters in such a way that you see them walking around before your mind's eye. It's easy to get into their heads and experience the story along with them. However, the fact that it's so easy sometimes makes the text a bit predictable. Although she tries to build up the suspense, it doesn't completely work and while you're supposed to be left reeling from the outcome, what happened for me was that I had my strong suspicions confirmed. I wasn't too big a fan of the chronological jumping around Donoghue does in the novel, for me it made it more messy than intriguing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the novel, it was a fun read, gave an interesting view into nineteenth-century San Francisco and the lively characters make it worthwhile. If I could give it 3.5 I'd do more
by D. van Dam
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