Karen Joy Fowler Sister Noon

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Sister Noon

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Set in San Francisco in the Gilded Age, Sister Noon is a period mystery that showcases the wickedly wry and deliciously subversive talents readers expect of Karen Joy Fowler.

"An astonishing narrative voice, at once lyric and ironic, satiric and nostalgic. Fowler can tell stories that engage and enchant."
-San Francisco Chronicle

By dint of birth, Lizzie Hayes is part of San Francisco's social elite. But Lizzie, so seemingly docile, hides within her a rebellious heart. All she needs is the spark that will liberate her from the ruling conventions. And that spark is Mary Ellen Pleasant. With her appearance on Lizzie's doorstep, she brings with her not only mystery and a whiff of disrepute but also the key that will unlock Lizzie's passionate nature. "You can be anything you want," she tells Lizzie. "You don't have to be the same person your whole life."

Lizzie Hayes is the perfect foil for Fowler's sly and insidious skewering of social pretensions, her outward placidity concealing a mind quick to note the disingenuousness of the world she observes. It's as if Jane Austen were writing of the follies of our Gilded Age. Not surprising coming from the novelist hailed by The New York Times Book Review for her "willingness to take detours, her unapologetic delight in the odd historical fact, her shadowy humor and the elegant unruliness of her language."

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About the Author :

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of two novels, Sarah Canary and The Sweetheart Season, as well as the recent story collection Black Glass.

From Publishers Weekly :

Subtle undercurrents of race and class propel this intriguing novel laden with historic fact and fancy, mystery, voodoo, frontier rough-and-tumble and turn-of-the-century social conventions. The characters rooted in this rich, exotic loam are an unforgettable crop. In 1890s San Francisco, Lizzie Hayes is a 40-year-old spinster, the well-born volunteer treasurer of the Ladies' Relief and Protection Society Home, familiarly called the Brown Ark because of its "shipwrecked, random air, like something the tides had left. In this respect, it matched the fortunes of most of its residents." One day, the notorious, fascinating and possibly dangerous Mrs. Mary Ellen Pleasant arrives at the door of the Brown Ark with a girl, Jenny Ijub, a disturbing and winsome child, perhaps four years old, rumored to be the daughter of a mother buried at sea and an unknown father, though Lizzie suspects he could be rich and thus a valuable resource for the Home. Every character's tale is complicated, unpredictable and often engrossing. Mrs. Pleasant, for instance, is a former slave (or is she?), wealthy as a railroad baron, charitable, a witch and a legendary cook. Still beautiful at 70, she is a purported dealer in underground markets where sex, opium and even murder are for sale. Fowler (Sarah Canary; The Sweetheart Season) moves her principals through time and space seamlessly and gracefully, and exquisitely renders San Francisco as it grows from outpost to city. The temporal shifts and the unreliability of some characters' histories may be temporarily disorienting, but readers who bear with Fowler will be handsomely rewarded.

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