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Frog Music

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, book reviewSan Francisco at the height of a heat wave with small pox raging. In the middle of that two women caught in a crossfire that leads to murder, Blanche and Jenny. Both are French, though Blanche doesn’t know it and Jenny is a transgendered kind of figure on a bicycle encountered in a crash. Blanche earns her living from dancing in a musical hall cum brothel and her fancy man Arthur and his friend Earnest earn their livings off her. Blanche also has a baby that she rescues from a Dickensian London circumstances in a storm of indignation.

The book actually begins with violent death the way most murder mysteries do. Jenny is shot full of buckshot through a window at night and the pellets skim Blanche’s cheek because she happens to bend over.


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Room

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Room By Emma Donoghue, book reviewMa loves Jack and Jack loves Ma. Each is the centre of the other’s world which might seem natural for a mother and her 5-year old son but in this case it’s more than just a cliché. They are each other’s only company with the exception of the nocturnal visits from Old Nick, the man who brings them food and other provisions and keeps them alive. Their home is Room – an impenetrable 11 foot by 11 foot modified garden shed that represents the only world that Jack has ever known. We meet him on his fifth birthday when we are introduced to this articulate and imaginative child who lives surrounded by his friends, Wardrobe, Bed, Table, Shelf, Rug and all the other inanimate objects that fill his living space.


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