Breath and Bones by Susan Cokal

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In 1884, Famke Summerfugl is ousted from her convent in Denmark for ... sensuousness and pulled from servitude by a second-rate painter named Albert Castle. Loving to be looked at, and able to stand perfectly still without shivering, Famke is the ideal artist’s model.

When Albert takes his eight-foot masterpiece and leaves his model behind, Famke sets out over the Atlantic, convinced that she is his muse.

Following Mirabilis, her highly acclaimed debut, Susann Cokal blends pre-Raphaelite painting, American brothels, Utahan polygamists, a bit of cross-dressing, a dynamite-wielding labor movement, one California millionaire, and the invention of electrical stimulation (as treatment for consumption) into a comic novel that gallops across the American west.

About Susan Cokal

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cokal has lived in various locations in the u.s. and in poitiers, france, where she found the inspiration for mirabilis
Published May 1, 2006 by Unbridled Books. 417 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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New novels by Susann Cokal and Elizabeth Hickey about artists who see mainly themselves — and muses who'd rather they didn't.

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