From the book jacket:
In 1884, Famke Summerfugl is ousted from her
convent in Denmark for sensuousness and pulled from servitude by a second-rate
painter named Albert Castle. Loving to be looked at, and able to stand perfectly
still without shivering, Famke is the ideal artist's model. When Albert takes
his eight-foot masterpiece and leaves his model behind, Famke sets out over the
Atlantic, convinced that she is his muse.
Following her debut,
Mirabilis, Susann Cokal blends pre-Raphaelite painting, American
brothels, Utahan polygamists, a bit of cross-dressing, a dynamite-wielding labor
movement, one California millionaire, and the invention of electrical sexual
stimulation (as treatment for consumption) into a comic novel that gallops
across the American West.
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Beyond the Book
Susann Cokal has lived in various locations in the United States and in
Poitiers, France, where she found the inspiration for Mirabilis
first novel. She earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing from SUNY-Binghamton and
her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC-Berkeley. She lives in
Richmond, Virginia, where she teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.