The Confessions of Frannie Langton
by Sara Collins
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
List Price: $26.99
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Parent Company: News Corporation
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“This book was an interesting read. It has it all – romance, mystery, slavery, experimentation, feminism, and murder. The story is told from the perspective of a former slave woman, Frannie Langton, awaiting trial for the murder of her new employers. To assist in her defense, Frannie tells the story of her life from the beginning of her enslavement in Jamaica. In Jamaica, she is taught to read and forced to assist her master, Langton, in scientific experiments intended to prove that Black people form a separate race from white people, that being Black is more than just a matter of skin color. Langton brings her to England and gives her as a “gift” to George Benham, a man with similar preoccupations. In England, slavery is officially illegal, so Frannie is a house servant. In addition to the murder of the Benhams, Frannie’s story is about the romance between Frannie and Marguerite Benham.
This book will certainly hold your interest especially if you like romance novels. In addition to the murder and the lesbian relationship, there is also drug addiction and a lot of philosophical musings that will linger with you long after you have read the book.
This is not a book about slavery; It takes place during the time of slavery and it gives context to the period.”
—Shirley Coker, Go On Girl! Book Club, PA2 Chapter (January 2020 Selection)
- Fiction / Cultural Heritage
- Fiction / Historical / General
- Fiction / Literary
- Fiction / Thrillers / Historical
- Fiction / Women