R.A. Alert; ‘The Glass of Time’

In yesterday’s Washington Post, mystery reviewer Patrick Anderson is over the moon about The Glass of Time: The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza Gorst, Narrated by Herself, By Michael Cox, calling it,

[an] entirely wonderful mock Victorian novel…By any sensible standard, Englishman Michael Cox’s convoluted plot is somewhere between outrageous and preposterous. Few characters are who or what they seem, and one key figure has five distinct identities. And yet the novel’s fierce suspense and endless surprises, burnished by Cox’s gorgeous prose, make it irresistible.

I’m tempted to call this a “low reserve alert;” all libraries I checked have copies (it was starred by both LJ and PW, and received a very strong Booklist review), and are showing very few holds, so you might actually find a copy on the shelves. It’s also available in audio, which few libraries own.

The Glass of Time

Michael Cox  

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 544 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton (October 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0393067734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393067736
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, 14 CDs; Library Pkg; $79.99
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey (AudioFile profile)
  • MP3 Audio Sample
  • Publisher: Tantor Media; (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 9781400139767

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