Book Review: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Book Review: Frog Music by Emma DonoghueFROG MUSIC
by Emma Donoghue

Fiction, Historical
Little, Brown; April 1, 2014
Hardcover; 416 pages
Source: Received from publisher for review

It’s the summer of 1876, and boomtown San Francisco is sweltering under a heatwave. Blanche, a French circus-performer-turned-burlesque-dancer living with her fancy man, befriends a mysterious woman named Jenny, who wears men’s clothing and catches frogs for a living.

When the novel opens, Blanche and Jenny are languishing at a railroad saloon in a border town, and suddenly Jenny is fatally shot through the window. Although she has only known Jenny for a month, Blanche is determined to bring her friend to justice. Certain she knows who the killer she is, she embarks back to San Francisco to find proof. Along the way, Blanche realizes just how little she actually knows about this strange woman. Continue reading