BookBrowse Reviews Breath and Bones by Susann Cokal

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Breath and Bones

A Novel

by Susann Cokal

Breath and Bones
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  • First Published:
    May 2005, 416 pages
    May 2006, 400 pages

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A bawdy romp in the style of a classic "bodice-ripper". Historical Fiction

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.

Comment: Breath and Bones is bawdy romp in the style of (probably more accurately described as ...

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