An almond for a parrot /

by Delaney, Wray [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA Books, [2017]Description: 348 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780778330158; 077833015X.Other title: Almond for a parrot : a novel.Subject(s): Women prisoners -- Fiction | Courtesans -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Magicians -- Fiction | London (England) -- History -- 18th century -- Fiction | Women prisoners -- Fiction | England -- London | 1700-1799 | Erotic fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Historical fiction | History | Magic realist fiction | Historical fiction | Fantasy fiction | Magic realist fiction | Erotic fiction | Historical fiction | Fantasy fiction | Erotic fictionSummary: Trained to become a courtesan in eighteenth-century London, Tully Truegood falls in love with one of her clients before being imprisoned for murder, and getting her story to the one person who might be able to help might be her only hope of avoiding execution.
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I would like to make myself the heroine of this story and my character to be noble--an innocent victim led astray. But alas, sir, I would be lying... <br> <br> In prison, accused of murder, Tully Truegood begins to write her life story. A story that takes her from a young girl in the backstreets of 18th century London to her stepmother Queenie's Fairy House--a place where decadent excess is a must... <br> <br> Trained by Queenie to become a courtesan, and by Mr. Crease--a magician who sees that Tully holds similar special powers to his own--Tully soon becomes the talk of the town. <br> <br> But as Tully goes on a journey of sexual awakening, she falls in love with one of her clients and the pleasure soon turns to pain. Especially when the estranged husband she was forced to marry by her father suddenly seeks her out. Now Tully is awaiting her trial for murder, for which she expects to hang...and her only chance of survival is to get her story to the one person who might be able to help her. <br> <br> Delaney's incredible tale of a young woman's journey out of the depths of despair is shocking, haunting and evocative. Part historical fiction and part magical realism, this juicy, jaw-dropping story will linger long after the last page is turned.

Trained to become a courtesan in eighteenth-century London, Tully Truegood falls in love with one of her clients before being imprisoned for murder, and getting her story to the one person who might be able to help might be her only hope of avoiding execution.

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As the only child of a drunken, widowed brick merchant Tully Truegood is left to raise herself; her only human contact is the cook-small wonder that a solitary, imaginative child becomes fanciful. Even Tully's sudden marriage to a masked stranger at age 12 brings no companionship as her "husband" is immediately sent to sea and, as the cook prophesies, with any luck Tully will be a widow before she ever sees him again. This gray existence ends abruptly with her father's second marriage, bringing vivid life and love in the form of a colorful, ebullient stepmother and two intriguing stepsisters who vanish as quickly as they come, only to reappear in mysterious circumstances as owners of Georgian London's premier brothel. There Tully is trained as a courtesan; a magician recognizing her otherworldly gifts, turns her into the toast of London, pursued by a series of men who bring love, enlightenment, degradation, and confinement in Newgate Prison on charges of murder. VERDICT This richly imagined, bawdy, and beautifully written debut is Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders with a touch of magical realism, an intricately crafted mystery, romance, and adventure in one superb package.--Cynthia Johnson, formerly with Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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