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Black-cloaked Sarah Canary is the ugliest woman Chin Ah Kin could ever imagine. But after she wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin is ordered by his uncle to escort her away. Far away.
What should be simple journey quickly escalates beyond Chin’s control, into a series of adventures and misadventures that are at once hilarious, deeply moving, and downright terrifying. Who – or what – is the mysterious Sarah Canary? And why can’t Chin leave her, even for his own good?
Co-founder of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, Karen Joy Fowler is a multi-award-winning novelist. Her accolades include three World Fantasy Awards and two Nebula awards. Sarah Canary was her debut novel in 1991, and it was nominated for the Nebula, Locus and James Tiptree Jr. awards, winning the California Book Award Silver Medal.
‘A picaresque romp that takes a good, long look into the human heart, this is a stunning debut’ – Publishers Weekly
‘The characters and the theme shine’ – LA Times
‘Powerfully imagined . . . Here is a work that manages to be at the same time (and often in the same sentence) dark and deep and fun’ – The Washington Post Book World
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