Thanks for the review, Critical. I picked up Burning Bright over the weekend and will start reading it as soon as I finish another historical novel by a British author*, The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark. It is a well-written, touching, and often disturbing account of a young girl in 18th century England. I'm loving it so far, but then again, I'm quite partial to anything set in 19th or 18th century England. Especially if it's even vaguely reminiscent of Dickens.Originally Posted by Critical;2423716;
Here's the blurb from Amazon, since I'm too tired and wired on caffeine (should be an oxymoron, but not if you're in the final stage of coffee addiction) to even try to describe the plot outline:
"British author Clark's second novel, a moving historical set in early 18th-century London, surpasses her acclaimed debut, The Great Stink (2005). When teenager Eliza Tally gets pregnant, her mother sells her into servitude to an apothecary, Grayson Black. Eliza struggles to survive in a bizarre household, unaware that her new master is interested in the effects of various emotions on her unborn child. Isolated save for a kindly, slow-witted fellow servant, Mary, Eliza develops an unlikely relationship with a French bookseller, Mr. Honfleur, who supplies Black with the scientific treatises he uses to inform his sadistic researches. Eliza hopes Honfleur will provide her with the means for escape. Unlike The Great Stink, this suspenseful tale contains no whodunit element, but as in her previous book, Clark's empathetic portrait of the powerless and the victimized will remind many readers of Dickens."
Yay, Dickens! Now I really want to read The Great Stink as well.
Oh, and Critical, I was completely and utterely enamoured with New Moon. Can't wait for the third Bella/Edward instalment.
* Wait a minute. Is Tracy Chevalier British? Or is she American? I really can't recall right now. Ah, the days when six cups of coffee used to invigorate me.