The Confessions of Frannie Langton


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Harper Perennial
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and grew up in Grand Cayman and studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before doing a Master of Studies in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, where she was the recipient of the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize for Creative Writing. Twitter: @mrsjaneymac


"Collins's propulsive spine-tingler uses the conventions of historical fiction but infuses the genre with edgy beauty. . . . In her deft hands, defiant Frannie summons courage and cunning to tell a story of colonialism, racism, and the yearning to connect."--O: The Oprah Magazine, "The Best Books by Women of Summer 2019"
"A blistering historical thriller."--Entertainment Weekly
"Impressive. . . . Retrieving the truth--all sorts of truth--is the transfixing work of this rich and extravagantly well-written novel."--Wall Street Journal
"There is lots to love in this impressive debut. Sara Collins is interesting on race and power. Frannie is an unforgettable character with a delicious, wicked turn of phrase. . . . Collins is a star in the making."--The Times (London)
“Deep-diving, elegant + tough.”--Margaret Atwood via @MargaretAtwood
“A highly accomplished debut. . . . Large, lavish and gutsy, a skilled and intoxicating mash-up of slave narrative, gothic romance, whodunit and legal thriller. Collins--who lives in London and is of Jamaican descent--pays careful attention to historical detail while at the same time ensuring her reader stays immersed in her emotional drama and invested in her full-bodied characters.”--Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Captivating. . . . a beguiling story with strong feminist overtones.”--Irish Times
“An absorbing, utterly searing read . . . . As immersive as The Confessions of Frannie Langton is, its real power is in how it will make you want to engage with your own reality differently.”--The Globe and Mail
“A formidable debut.”--Refinery29, 󈫻 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring”
“It's truly remarkable that The Confessions of Frannie Langton is Sara Collins' first novel. The plotting is so assured, the characters so layered, the prose so searing. . . . the historical setting hums with life. . . . Collins has gifted us with a powerful new heroine while shining a brilliant spotlight on a swathe of history that is too often relegated to footnotes.”--Criminal Element
“Powerful. . . .both a highly suspenseful murder mystery and a vivid historical novel, but best of all is the depiction of Frannie, a complex and unforgettable protagonist. This is a great book sure to find a wide--and deserved--audience.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Collins' debut novel administers a bold and vibrant jolt to both the gothic and historical fiction genres. . . . Most of all, she has created in her title character a complex, melancholy, and trenchantly observant protagonist. . . . as dynamic and compelling as any character conceived by a Brontë sister. . . [a] gripping, groundbreaking debut.”--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“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
“From the sweltering heat of the West Indies to the rain-slicked cobbles of London, Collins transports her readers to the nineteenth century with an enthralling historical thriller. 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 Frannie Langton is gorgeous--Gothic writing at its very best.”--Christine Mangan, bestselling author of Tangerine
“Destined to become a benchmark for historical fiction, The Confessions of Frannie Langton is at once fiercely raw and remorselessly beautiful.... A book to be devoured, marveled at, applauded--and yes, studied, for its ability to turn grim history into a wildly romantic expedition into the darkest corners of the human heart.”--Lyndsay Faye, internationally bestselling author of Jane Steele and The Gods of Gotham
“A spectacular, dark novel, with elements of Jane Eyre and Paradise Lost. . . Just like all really good Gothic stories, it keeps you balancing right on the edge of not wanting to look, but feeling like you can't look away. . . An absolute gem that points at you and asks whether it might be a sign of horrifying privilege, to enjoy a genre devoted to the grotesque.”--Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
“Sara Collins has created a tough, fiery, vividly alive character. Beautifully written, in crisp and careful prose; but more than 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, bestselling author of The Tenderness of Wolves
“Frannie's voice is compelling: tender and furious and wholly deserving of attention.”--Jessie Greengrass, author of Sight
"[An] impressive debut. . . . a bold and timely reinvention of the classic gothic novel. . . . reminiscent of the best of Sarah Waters. . . . Collins has created a truly memorable heroine and written a compelling gothic novel for our times."--The Guardian
Sara Collins takes the gothic genre by the scruff of the neck and boldly positions a black Jamaican woman as the protagonist in London 200 years ago. It's a triumph of powerful characterization melded with suspenseful plotting while also breaking new ground in subverting a familiar genre.--Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other
“A startling, compelling historical debut novel. . . should be on top of your vacation reading pile.” --Washington Post
A well-crafted, searing depiction of race, class and oppression."--New York Times