Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox

Co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College English Department and the UMASS Amherst Department of English. A small reception with cider and cookies will follow the reading. 
A love story set in the eighteenth-century London of notorious thieves and queer subcultures, this genre-bending debut tells a profound story of gender, desire, and liberation.
"Resonant of George Saunders, of Nikolai Gogol, and of nothing that's ever been written before . . . irreverent, erudite, and not to be missed."--Booklist (starred review)
Confessions of the Fox book coverJack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Yet no one knows the true story; their confessions have never been found.
Until now. Reeling from heartbreak, a scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript--a gender-defying expos of Jack and Bess's adventures. Dated 1724, the book depicts a London underworld where scamps and rogues clash with the city's newly established police force, queer subcultures thrive, and ominous threats of the Plague abound. Jack--a transgender carpenter's apprentice--has fled his master's house to become a legendary prison-break artist, and Bess has escaped the draining of the fenlands to become a revolutionary.
Is Confessions of the Fox an authentic autobiography or a hoax? Dr. Voth obsessively annotates the manuscript, desperate to find the answer. As he is drawn deeper into Jack and Bess's tale of underworld resistance and gender transformation, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined--and only a miracle will save them all.

Confessions of the Fox is, at once, a work of speculative historical fiction, a soaring love story, a puzzling mystery, an electrifying tale of adventure and suspense, and an unabashed celebration of sex and sexuality. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.
Jordy Rosenberg is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies + Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the author of Confessions of the Fox. author photo  Confessions is forthcoming in the US/Canada from Random House in June 2018, and in the UK/Australia/New Zealand from Atlantic Books in July 2018, with audiobook forthcoming from Recorded Books, narrated by Aden Hakimi. At Random House, Confessions of the Fox will be published in Chris Jackson's One World imprint, edited by Jackson and Victory Matsui.   
He has won a bunch of scholarly awards and published numerous works of academic writing and experimental prose. Confessions of the Fox is his first novel. The short description of the book
 is: Trans + anti-imperialist + anti-capitalist speculative fiction of jailbreaks and sex hormones. 
If you cannot attend this event but would like a signed copy, please order below and write "signed" in the comments field upon checkout along with any inscription requests.
Event date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Odyssey Bookshop
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592270
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

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