The Confessions of Frannie Langton

The Confessions of Frannie Langton

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They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done? 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth. For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed. But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton- could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?
Publisher: [London, England] :, Viking,, 2019.
ISBN: 9780241349205
0241349206
9780241349199
0241349192
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 10, 2019

A powerful and deservedly dark tale about the experience of individual and societal brutality, slavery, obsessive and forbidden love, drug addiction, and murder. Uplifting for the human spirit of decency and dignity the main character possesses amid the horrors of her life.
Fascinating for the light it sheds on early 19th century plantation society in Jamaica and upper and lower class lives in England.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 10, 2019

The white man is the measure of all things, and of all things the measure is the white man. That was how I felt when we latched arms. Oh. No matter what any moment holds, memory makes of it either nothing at all or unending terror, or ceaseless grief. All I have left of that night are flashes of her diamond ear-bobs, the swells of her moving against me like tides, the feel of her, like a taste I couldn't get out of my mouth. pg. 127

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