Log in to bookmark events.
Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton) discusses her debut novel, which The Guardian calls “a stunning debut.” Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.
Unable to attend? This program will be livestreamed on the Virginia Festival of the Book Facebook page and archived for future viewing.
Why should you attend?
A servant and former slave is accused of murdering her employer and his wife in this astonishing historical thriller that moves from a Jamaican sugar plantation to the fetid streets of Georgian London.
“[A] bold and vibrant jolt to both the gothic and historical genres… a dynamic and compelling as any character conceived by a Bronte sister… [a] gripping, groundbreaking debut.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Collins’s propulsive spine-tingler uses the conventions of historical fiction but infuses the genre with edgy beauty… In her deft hands, defiant Frannie summons courage and cunning to tell a story of colonialism, racism, and the yearning to connect.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“A highly accomplished debut… Large, lavish and gutsy, a skilled and intoxicating mash-up of slave narrative, gothic romance, whodunit and legal thriller. Collins―who lives in London and is of Jamaican descent―pays careful attention to historical detail while at the same time ensuring her reader stays immersed in her emotional drama and invested in her full-bodied characters.”—Minneapolis Star TribuneRate this Program