|By (author):||Womersley, Chris|
|Subject:||FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy|
|FICTION / Fantasy / General|
|FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Literary|
|Awards:||Australian Indie Book Award (2018) Short-listed
|Size:||8.25in x 5.25in|
|From The Publisher*|
"A gothic masterpiece."-Better Read Than Dead
Set in seventeenth-century France-a country in the thrall of dark magic, its social fabric weakened by years of plague-Chris Womersley'sCity of Crows is a richly imagined and engrossing tour de force. Inspired by real-life events, it tells the story of Charlotte Picot, a young woman from the country forced to venture to the fearsome city of Paris in search of her only-remaining son, Nicolas. Fate (or coincidence) places the quick-witted charlatan Adam Lesage in her path. Lesage is newly released from the prison galleys and on the hunt for treasure, but, believing him to be a spirit she has summoned from the underworld, Charlotte enlistshis help in finding her child.
Charlotte and Lesage-comically ill-matched but nevertheless essential to one another-journey to Paris, then known as the City of Crows: Charlotte in search of Nicolas, and Lesage seeking a fresh start.
Dazzlingly told, with humor and flair,City of Crows is a novel for readers who like their fiction atmospheric, adventurous, spine-tingling, and beautifully written. Pre-revolutionary France, with all its ribaldry, superstition, and intrigue is mesmerizing, and Charlotte Picot's story-the story of a mother in search of her lost son-holds universal appeal.
Praise forCity of Crows
"A brilliantly compelling read."-Australian Women's Weekly
"City of Crows is opulent with ancient ritual significances . . . Charlotte Picot has astonishing strength and a marvelous dignity."-Carmel Bird,The Australian
"Womersley's writing is poetic and original; his insights into human characterare true."-The Monthly
"Womersley is one of the unrepentantly daring and original talentsin the landscape of Australian fiction."-The Sydney Morning Herald
"A beautifully written book from a master storyteller."-Australian Book Review
"An immersive tale."-Martin Shaw,Books and Publishing
"City of Crows is a novel of rare craftsmanship, with an enthralling plot,empathetic characters, a fascinating setting-in terms of both timeand place-and the darkly dramatic appeal of the occult and thesupernatural."-Good Reading
"A novel that entrances you, bewitches you and keeps you thoroughlyenthralled."-Boomerang Books
"Nothing short of dazzling. Hieronymus Bosch in literary form.This book is fabulous."-Deborah Crabtree, Readings Book Store
Chris Womersley's previous novels have been awarded the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Indie Award for Best Fiction, the ABIA Award for Literary Fiction, and have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award,The Age Book of the Year, and the ALS Gold Medal for Literature. His short fiction has appeared inGranta,The Best Australian Stories,Meanjin andGriffith Review. Womersley lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.