Confessions of the Fox

Confessions of the Fox

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ISBN10: 039959227X ISBN13: 9780399592270 Publisher: One World Published: Jun 26 2018 Pages: 329 Weight: 1.25lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English

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Set in the eighteenth century London underworld, this bawdy, genre-bending novel reimagines the life of thief and jailbreaker Jack Sheppard to tell a profound story about gender, love, and liberation. Recently jilted and increasingly unhinged, Dr. Voth throws himself into his work, obsessively researching the life of Jack Sheppard, a legendary eighteenthcentury thief. No one knows Jack’s true story—his confessions have never been found. That is, until Dr. Voth discovers a mysterious stack of papers titled Confessions of the Fox. Dated 1724, the manuscript tells the story of an orphan named P. Sold into servitude at twelve, P struggles for years with her desire to live as “Jack.” When P falls dizzyingly in love with Bess, a sex worker looking for freedom of her own, P begins to imagine a different life. Bess brings P into the London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with London’s newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of an oncoming plague abound. At last, P becomes Jack Sheppard, one of the most notorious—and most wanted—thieves in history. An imaginative retelling of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, Confessions of the Fox blends high-spirited adventure, subversive history, and provocative wit to animate forgotten histories and the extraordinary characters hidden within. “Confessions of the Fox is a riotous and transporting novel. It’s rich in the sound of another time, while thrillingly germane to our own. Jordy Rosenberg is a total original—part scamp, part genius—who has written a rollicking page-turner of a first novel. Hang on for the ride.”—Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts “Hot damn! Jordy Rosenberg is one of the finest new talents I’ve seen in many years, and Confessions of the Fox is a startlingly good debut novel. The book is rich with fact and well-invented fiction, bubbling with ideas that surprise and satisfy.”—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

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