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Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler
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Sister Noon (2001)

by Karen Joy Fowler

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This book was an interesting historical fiction set in late 19th century San Francisco. Appearances, both real and imagined, are important as well as maintaining one's reputation. I liked how Lizzie gradually broke away from convention to find her own path without relying on the opinions of others. ( )
  krin5292 | Mar 11, 2008 |
San Francisco at around the turn of the century. Interesting characters and their histories.
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  EricaKline | Oct 26, 2006 |
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Folwer introduces us to Lizzie Hayes, a remarkable heroine born into a wild, dazzling, unrestrained and uninhibited age that could not have existed at any other time in our nation's history. San Francisco, during the Guilded Age is a city bursting at the seams-a thrilling, electric somewhat unsavory place of newly paved streets and cable cars, running up anmd down Nob Hill, of unbridled egos and flamboyant ambition, of gentility, gossip, and greed...where great fortunes and dynasties are being built that will outlast many of the city's colorful, eccentric inhabitants. A spinster just past forty, Lizzie is at once a part of and seperate from, the city's dazzling vitality and ostentatioius elitism.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452283280, Paperback)

Lizzie Hayes, a member of the San Francisco elite, is a seemingly docile, middle-aged spinster praised for her volunteer work with the Ladies Relief and Protection Society Home, or "The Brown Ark". All she needs is the spark that will liberate her from the ruling conventions. When the wealthy and well-connected, but ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant shows up at the Brown Ark, Lizzie is drawn to her. It is the beautiful, but mysterious Mary Ellen, an outcast among the women of the elite because of her notorious past and her involvement in voodoo, who will eventually hold the key to unlocking Lizzie's rebellious nature.

Loosely based in historical fact, Sister Noon is a wryly funny, playfully mysterious, and totally subversive novel from this "fine writer" whose "language dazzles" (San Francisco Chronicle).

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Lizzie Hayes, a member of the San Francisco elite, is a seemingly docile, middle-aged spinster praised for her volunteer work. That is until a spark from the mysterious and ill-reputed Mary Ellen Pleasant liberates her from ruling conventions.

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