The Confessions of Frannie Langton: 'A dazzling page-turner' (Emma Donoghue) (English Edition)
                    
                
            A bold and timely reinvention of the classic gothic novelwhich, with its tentative exploration of passion and transgression of boundaries, is reminiscent of the best of Sarah Waters Observer Wide Sargasso Sea meets Beloved meets Alias Gracedeep diving, elegant Frannie Langton is an unforgettable heroine, one who boldly reclaims her narrative within the context of a history that seeks to silence her The Confessions of Fannie Langton is gorgeous Gothic writing at its very best Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine A seductive and entrancing read, with captivating historical detailThe Confessions of Frannie Langton is an extremely powerful book that resonates long after the final page has been turned Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh An impressive debut, dazzlingly original The Times Bold and powerful The Sunday Times With echoes of Jean Rhys sWide Sargasso Seaand Sara Waters sThe Paying Guests, this is an accomplished debut novel that perfectly captures the atmosphere of Georgian London and gives voice to a singular and unforgettable heroine Red Magazine I usually pick proofs up, read the blurb, maybe read a few pages and that is usually that This time, I started reading it and then I couldn t stop Sara Collins has created a tough, fiery, vividly alive character Beautifully written, in crisp and careful prose butthan that, it comes across as a story that s been waiting to be written for a very long time Collins has picked up the tradition of gothic fiction and made it brand new Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive, The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a dazzling page turner With as much psychological savvy as righteous wrath, Sara Collins twists together the slave narrative, bildungsroman, love story and crime novel to make something new Emma Donoghue, author of Room A book of heart, soul and gutsbeautifully written, lushly evocative, and righteously furious Frannie might be a 19th century character, but she is also a heroine for our times Elizabeth Day, author of The Party Deep diving and elegantWide Sargasso Sea meets Beloved meets Alias Grace Margaret Atwood THE DAZZLINGLY ORIGINAL DEBUT NOVEL BY A NEW LITERARY STARThey say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess But how can I confess what I don t believe I ve done 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder The testimonies against her are damning slave, whore, seductress And they may be the truth But they are not the whole truth.For the first time Frannie must tell her story It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton could she have murdered the only person she ever loved A WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE MONTHA beautiful and haunting tale about one woman s fight to tell her story, The Confessions of Frannie Langton leads you through laudanum laced dressing rooms and dark as night back alleys, into the enthralling heart of Georgian London A dazzling page turner Emma Donoghue A star in the making Sunday TimesGothic fiction made brand new Stef Penney Stunning Guardian Spectacular Natasha Pulley Dazzlingly original The TimesA heroine for our times Elizabeth Day

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  1. Martie Nees Record Martie Nees Record says:

    Genre Historical FictionPublisher Harper CollinsPub Date May 21, 2019Martie s Rating 3 1 2 StarsThis novel is good, unusual, but not unusually good, although it could have been There may be too much going on, which I will get to, but at its center is a gripping narrative about a female servant in England who was a former Jamaican slave In 1826, she is accused of the brutal double murder of her employer and his wife, George and Marguerite Benham The first half of the tale is written so well We meet Frannie in jail writing her life s story She was born on a West Indian plantation whose master, John Langton, is a sadist Spoiler She is her master s bastard daughter As a child, she was taught to read and write She grows to be highly self educated.The reason for her literacy was for her to participate in and take notes on her master s pseudoscience experiments Langton is studying racial differences He is trying to prove that blacks are not human He uses skulls, blood, and skin samples from dead as well as live slaves The author chooses to leave out, what could be barbaric descriptions You will read about a baby being used as a research subject Rather than focusing on what is being done to the infant, Collins writes about the child s desperate mother scratching on the outside of the locked room Or, that Frannie knows that the woman will be sold in the near future Less gore can equal horror In the endnotes, the author cites Medical Experimentation and Race in the Atlantic World The author s research charges these scenes with a terrible plausibility.During the trial of the The Mulatta Murderess, Frannie is asked why she didn t just leave England By then, slavery was illegal in Great Britain Her reply is heartbreaking No one told her that she could It is this style of understated writing that packs the strongest punch If the author would have stayed with this theme, this could have been an unusually good story, different from other historical novels on the subject of slavery This is shown through Frannie s narrative, no doubt you think this will be one of those slave histories with misery and despair But who d want to read one of those What no one will admit about anti slavers is that they ve all got a slaver s appetite for misery And, for all their talk of men as brothers, most of them stared at me as if I had two heads In the second half of the book, Frannie is a lady s maid to a wealthy Georgian couple who live in London Here is where the story s pacing becomes uneven with way too many subplots It is easy to become less invested in the character because the story is all over the place You will read about betrayal, murder, lesbian love, drug addiction, and a whorehouse devoted to spankings The punch is muted, but not completely gone It is impossible not to be swept away from a story with such concise and powerful writing My intentions in writing my jailhouse musings it s my life, I want to assemble the pieces of it myself For every crime, there are two stories, and that an Old Bailey trial is the story of the crime, not the story of the prisoner That story is the one only I can tell The writing s strength is reason enough to recommend the novel.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

  2. Damali Damali says:

    I pre ordered this book and since I was traveling at the time also opted for the Audible narration This was my first time using Audible and it was worth it, at first I read along but then I let the narration take over.The plot was exceptional, unpredictable but also it was nice not to be told from the typical perspective of slavery It gives a true voice to the person who was held in captivity, however it also shows how manipulation of a slave can make them think they are free in mind and body only for them to realize they are not This book really makes you think, I am writing this to not give away any inkling of the plot.I hope those who read it really think about what the author is trying to convey, what the protagonist has to come to terms with and the relevance of the story line.

  3. L J Kelsay L J Kelsay says:

    Critical reviews praise this debut novel and focus on the sensational trial of a mulatto former slave accused of brutally killing the master and mistress of the household that takes her in With settings in colonial Jamaica and London after trans Atlantic slavery has been abolished but no one has quite figured out economic impacts if slaves are actually freed, reviews promised a full plate.Truly, the plate runneth over Throw in twisted human experimentation that rivals Mengele, fervid lust across normative lines, drug addiction, high toned connections to Georgian BDSM, public debates on the nature of race and generally searing unhappiness and this is one hot mess.You could read it if there is absolutely nothing else in the house.

  4. Taylor Taylor says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book It was a bit of a slow start, but less than halfway through I couldn t put it down.

  5. Angela Angela says:

    It has taken me several days to process the impact this book had on me Quite right, a bit of a slow start but the depth of the story line, the powerful and subtle style of writing was beautiful I absolutely loved the Francis I appreciated the depth of research that went into writing this incredible book and look forward to the next Sara Collins novel.

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