Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel Room took the literary world by storm, selling more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. With only one short-story collection released since then, fans have been waiting a while for a new novel.

Luckily for them, the wait is over: Donoghue returns to her roots in well-researched historical fiction with Frog Music, which hits shelves next Tuesday!

Set in San Francisco during 1876, the novel is based on a real-life unsolved murder at the height of a summer heat wave and a deadly smallpox outbreak. Donoghue's story follows French burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon as she searches for clues to her cross-dressing, frog-hunting friend Jenny Bonnet's murder. Even more complications arise when Blanche's child, who was supposed to be safely cared for outside of Blanche's wild life, surfaces in need of help.

Our reviewer calls Donoghue's latest an "endlessly intriguing" book, filled with "intricate plot developments that will keep you revising your version of the action from one hour to the next."

Watch the trailer, complete with plenty of historic photographs, below.

What do you think, readers? Have you been waiting for this new novel from Donoghue?

 

Correction 4/1: An earlier version of this blog post listed Frog Music's publication date as April 1, not April 8.

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