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"a literary bodice-ripper"

So boasts the top blurb, from Publisher's Weekly, on the back cover of Breath and Bones by Susann Cokal. The nice people at Unbridled Books sent along a copy the other day, and it turns out to be just as delicious as promised. The prologue is marvelously creepy: the delivery of a large painting by a widow; sideways glances at paintings embodying myths and all featuring the same flame-haired woman; a body with bright red hair floating in a glass case full of water, eyes missing. I was hooked. Cokal's writing is so precise that she's able to pull off some things that would be cringe-worthy in lesser hands. And it's a lovely, hefty book as a physical object.

The perfect book for a sick day and a too-hot spring. Has anyone read Cokal's first novel Mirabilis? Recommend?

See also: PW on Unbridled Books' start

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