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 ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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