Right about now, I’d be hounding you all to start helping us decide what our April 2014 book pick should be. April is one of our New Release months, so there would be a lot to choose from and I’d be cursing my lack of decision making skills. Instead, it’s Laura to the rescue.
Laura, of Reading in Bed fame, will be guest hosting on our April show (out May 12) and as our guest, she was allowed to pick the book. She chose Frog Music by Emma Donahue (author of the much talked about Room), which just came out this week. Kirt is so excited about this choice that it’s getting a little weird. He keeps whispering girlishly something about hopes that it’ll be like a novelized, San Francisco Deadwood? Seriously, have you ever seen a large, viking-like man squeal and clap his hands together in excitement? It’s a bit disturbing; not gonna lie.
So, with our book choice for April already done, I can get back to reading Blood (our March pick) in peace.
From the book:
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 named 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 among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.