From Publishers Weekly
When 25-year-old Charlotte Schleswig begins telling her madcap tale in 1897, she's a successful prostitute roaming the suburban streets near Denmark's capital. A random meeting in a bakery leads her to begin working as a domestic for Fru Krak, an anxious woman whose husband has recently disappeared under mysterious circumstances and who may now be haunting the very streets Charlotte walks. Charlotte soon sets out to find the missing Professor Krak, and in the course of her investigations discovers 21st-century London, a whole new world of mobile phones, microwaves, flavored condoms, suicide machines and a handsome archeologist named Fergus. Jensen (The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
) satisfactorily coats a predictable romance with a shiny time-traveling sci-fi glaze, mixes a dash of irony and suspense, and pushes it all through Charlotte's energetic first person, which carries the book. The final result is fun and sometimes scintillating, but not necessarily delicious—like a flavored condom. (July)
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Praise for THE NINTH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX: 'Liz Jensen's new novel has already been picked up by Anthony Minghella for a film adaptation. It's hardly surprising: this is a wonderfully unsettling psychological thriller An oddly beautiful journey into the darkest corners of the human soul' Mail on Sunday 'Liz Jensen has created an extraordinary character in the shape of Louis Drax: vivid, disquieting and blessed with a gloriously sick sense of humour a magnetic read that will delight and disturb in equal measures' Daily Mail 'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax has all the makings of a dramatic, suspenseful bestseller a novel that demands to be finished in one sitting' Observer 'Liz Jensen's latest book is emotionally compelling, morally fascinating and slightly appalling The result is breathtaking.' Independent on Sunday
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