Confessions of the Fox

Confessions of the Fox

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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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 eighteenth century 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : One World, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9780399592270
039959227X
Branch Call Number: FIC ROSENBE
Characteristics: xiv, 329 pages ; 25 cm

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17th century English thief Jack Sheppard is reimagined as a transman in an adventure full of slang, footnotes, skullduggery and romance. Suggested by Lindsey A.


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