City of Crows

City of Crows

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"Set in seventeenth-century France--a country in the thrall of dark magic, its social fabric weakened by years of plague--Chris Womersley's City of Crows is a richly imagined and engrossing tour de force. Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of Charlotte Picot, a young woman from the country forced to venture to the fearsome city of Paris in search of her only-remaining son, Nicolas. Fate (or coincidence) places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Lesage is newly released from the prison galleys and on the hunt for treasure, but, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, Charlotte enlists his help in finding her child. Charlotte and Lesage--comically ill-matched but nevertheless essential to one another--journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows: Charlotte in search of Nicolas, and Lesage seeking a fresh start. Dazzlingly told, with humor and flair, City of Crows is a novel for readers who like their fiction atmospheric, adventurous, spine-tingling, and beautifully written. Pre-revolutionary France, with all its ribaldry, superstition, and intrigue is mesmerizing, and Charlotte Picot's story--the story of a mother in search of her lost son--holds universal appeal." -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781609454708
Characteristics: 344 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm


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Mar 22, 2019

I felt so conflicted by this book. It left me deeply disturbed after reading it and weighed on my mind all day. I won't say I particularly enjoyed the feeling, but felt a book that left me so moved deserved recognition for the author's skill. It was beautifully written and fascinating, thought also deeply upsetting.

JessicaGma Mar 19, 2019

It was decent but I struggled a bit to get through it.

Phil_R Jan 08, 2019

It's weird reading a book set in 17th century France where everyone is speaking English, but other than that I loved every single moment of this and can't wait to get my hands on Womersley's other novels. A french translation would be incredible.

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