The Confessions of Frannie Langton.
Award-winning lawyer turned author, Collins writes in piercing poetic language. In 1826, London is scandalized by the brutal murder of a renowned scientist and his wife. Frannie Langton, transplanted from a Jamaican sugar plantation to London by the man who owned her, has been accused of murdering her employers. She has no memory of the murders, nor how she ended up at the scene with blood on her hands. In the novel, she tells her story, from her memories of enslavement in Jamaica when she was brought into the big house as a child in 1812, to her experiences working for a scientist and falling in love with her mistress. Rich with historical detail. Explores themes of the dehumanization used to perpetuate domination of people by race and gender, and the history of loopholes in slave statutes that allowed owners to keep their "property" as abolition evolved in Britain. Now adapted by ITV and streaming on BritBox in the US. Harper Perennial. 2019. Paper. NEW. $14.00