Happy Monday, Savvy Readers! Did you love Washington Black as much as we did? If so, you need to add The Confessions of Frannie Langton to the top of your to-be-read pile! It’s a blend between contemporary and historical fiction, perfect for readers looking for a story with a compelling female protagonist.
Sara Collins’s character-driven debut novel is a brilliant depiction of race, class, and oppression from the point of view of Frannie Langton, a former slave who is accused of the brutal double murder of her employers. Emma Donoghue, the bestselling author of Room says it best:
“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
The story alternates between present day, with case files and glimpses of the trial, and Frannie Langton’s past prior to the homicides. While awaiting trial in Newgate prison, Frannie spends her days writing her life story. It’s through her writing that we are transported back to the Jamaican sugar plantation before the abolition and then to London, where Frannie spends her days working before being arrested and accused of murdering her employers.
Frannie is a complex character who has been given many labels throughout her life: slave, servant, whore, addict, and now murderess. The testimonies against Frannie are damning. She can’t recall what happened on the night of the murders or why she was covered in the victim’s blood. 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.
Did Frannie truly commit these murders? You’ll have to read the book to find out for yourself!
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