Reminiscent of Year of Wonders, a captivating debut novel of fireworks, fortune, and a young woman's redemption
It is 1752 and seventeen-year-old Agnes Trussel arrives in London pregnant with an unwanted child. Lost and frightened, she finds herself at the home of Mr. J. Blacklock, a brooding fireworks maker who hires Agnes as an apprentice. As she learns to make rockets, portfires, and fiery rain, she slowly gains his trust and joins his quest to make the most spectacular fireworks the world has ever seen.
Jane Borodale offers a masterful portrayal of a relationship as mysterious and tempestuous as any the Brontës conceived. Her portrait of 1750s London is unforgettable, from the grimy streets to the inner workings of a household where little is as it seems. Through it all, the clock is ticking, for Agnes's secret will not stay secret forever.
Deeply atmospheric and intimately told from Agnes's perspective, The Book of Fires will appeal to readers of Geraldine Brooks, Sarah Waters, Sheri Holman, and Michel Faber.
Baker & Taylor Taking a job as a fireworks maker's apprentice after arriving in mid-18th-century London, pregnant 17-year-old Agnes slowly gains the trust of her brooding employer and joins his quest to make the world's most spectacular fireworks.
Baker & Taylor Taking a job as a fireworks maker's apprentice after arriving in mid-eighteenth-century London, pregnant seventeen-year-old Agnes slowly gains the trust of her brooding employer and joins his quest to make the world's most spectacular fireworks.