Herma

A Novel
Product Number: EB00759755
Released: May 23, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781468312867
Publisher: ABRAMS (Ignition)
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Description

An inventive historical novel that delves into the mysteries of gender identity, from the National Book Award-nominated author of The Balloonist. With a foreword by Michael Chabon As a child in Southern California at the dawn of the twentieth century, Herma exhibits an incredible talent for vocal mimicry. Her gift will eventually take her from the choir of her country church to the Paris Opera, thanks in no small part to the machinations of her daredevil agent. But there is a secret at the heart of their intimate relationship, in this opulent rags-to-riches tale full of excitement, sexual intrigue, and decadence, with cameos by Puccini and Proust, among others. "Set in the first decades of the twentieth century, Harris' teeming novel explores the porous boundaries of gender identity. This inventive work will appeal to readers who are interested in the dual-gender theme. Opera lovers will also be intrigued." -Booklist "Once I open any of MacDonald Harris's novels I find it almost impossible not to turn and read on, so delightful is the sensation of a sharp intelligence at work." -Philip Pullman, author of The Amber Spyglass

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Original Publish Date: Sep 08, 2015

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