by Karen Joy Fowler - £7.99 Profile Books Ltd (Serpent's Tail) (2015)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781781255490 | ISBN 10: 1781255490
By the bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Sister Noon is the story of Lizzie Hayes, whose dull life is about to be shaken up by a mysterious and powerful woman.
'Words were invented so lies could be told' ~ Mary Ellen
Pleasant San Francisco in the 1890s is a town of contradictions, home to a respectable middle class, but with the Wild West lingering in the imagination, and even the behaviour, of some residents. Lizzie Hayes, a seemingly docile, middle-aged spinster, is praised for her volunteer work with the Ladies' Relief and Protection Society Home, or the Brown Ark. She doesn't know it, but she's waiting for the spark that will liberate her from convention. When the wealthy and well-connected but ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant shows up at the Brown Ark with an orphan in tow, Lizzie is drawn to them both. It is the beautiful Mrs Pleasant, object of suspicion because of her mysterious past and rumoured voodoo practise, who holds the key to freeing Lizzie's rebellious nature.
Based on real historical figures, San Francisco in the gilded age is brought vibrantly to life in Karen Joy Fowler's entertaining, evocative and sinister novel.
(Price & availability last checked: May 2015)