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Confessions of the Fox

by Jordy Rosenberg

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Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
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    Jun 2018, 352 pages

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An unusual and often compelling blend of literary, historical and speculative fiction based around a manuscript found in a university library.

In Confessions of the Fox, a fictional academic, Dr. Voth, finds a manuscript in the library where he works, and takes it home to read and edit. The lengthy manuscript purports to be the true story of Jack Sheppard, an eighteenth-century London thief and prison-breaker. Voth comments on the work in a series of footnotes which illuminate his own story as a transgender academic. The result is a dual narrative: a third person manuscript telling Jack's story and a contemporary first person account by Dr. Voth.

The author, Jordy Rosenberg, mostly leans on historical records to paint his version of Jack Sheppard. Unlike the real Jack Sheppard (see 'Beyond the Book') however, the fictional equivalent is a transgender man.

When the story begins, Jack is an eleven-year old girl, handed over by his desperate mother, into an apprenticeship in carpentry with a cruel man called Kneebone. ...

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