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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

A Novel

by Sara Collins

On Sale: 05/21/2019

Price: $26.99

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton

A Novel

by Sara Collins

On Sale: 05/21/2019

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Price: $26.99

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A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London—a remarkable literary debut with echoes of Alias Grace, The Underground Railroad, and The Paying Guests.

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being tried at the Old Bailey.

The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She is a seductress, a witch, a master manipulator, a whore.

But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn’t know how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home—and into a passionate and forbidden relationship.

Though her testimony may seal her conviction, the truth will unmask the perpetrators of crimes far beyond murder and indict the whole of English society itself.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton is a breathtaking debut: a murder mystery that travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul, it is the story of a woman of her own making in a world that would see her unmade.

Critical Praise

“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

“Destined to become a benchmark for historical fiction, The Confessions of Frannie Langton is at once fiercely raw and remorselessly beautiful. Told from one of the most haunting perspectives I’ve ever encountered, Frances navigates life as a mixed-race house slave on her father’s plantation, as an unwilling scribe for his harrowing experiments, and as lady’s maid to the eccentric and passionate ‘Madame,’ whose secrets may possibly rival Frannie’s own. Our heroine’s unique insights are delivered in brutal poetry, and her passions rendered in lyrically erotic prose.  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

“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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062851895
  • ISBN 10: 0062851896
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 05/21/2019
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.210 in (d)
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price: $26.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Cultural Heritage