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A Net for Small Fishes

by Lucy Jago

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A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago
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    Nov 2021, 352 pages

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Lucy Jago's A Net for Small Fishes dives into the intrigue of the Jacobean court through the eyes of tailor and inventor Anne Turner, best known for abetting a famous poisoning.

"…she and I became as close as fish and the water in which they swim, no secret too intimate for us to share."

The narrator of Lucy Jago's A Net for Small Fishes is the witty and observant Anne Turner, a woman whose ambition, drive and resourcefulness shine through every page. In the above quote, as Anne reflects on the connection she has formed with the noblewoman Frances Howard, it feels as if the deep power of female friendship can shelter these two women from the harsh world around them. Yet that friendship is put to the test time and time again through the events that spiral in Jago's novel. In the hothouse of the Jacobean court, the water in which "fish" swim soon reaches its boiling point. Frances, trapped in an abusive marriage, desperately seeks a way to escape and to remarry, and Anne's own precarious financial situation begins to slip ever closer to deep poverty...

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