A New York Times bestseller
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
An NPR bestseller
A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
A 2015 Stonewall Honor Book
A 2014 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
A BookPage Best Book of 2014
An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, April 2014
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
An April 2014 LibraryReads Pick
Emma Donoghue's explosive new novel, based on an unsolved murder.
Summer of 1876. San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.
The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice—if he doesn't track her down first.
The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.
In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
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