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Sister Noon by Karen Joy Fowler (July 2015)

Words were invented so that lies could be told.

San Francisco in the 1890's is a town of contradictions, home to a respectable middle class, but with the Wild West lingering in the imagination - and the behaviour - of some residents.  Lizzie Hayes spends her days fundraising for the Ladies' Relief and Protection Society's home for children, but her dull life is about to be shaken up.  The mysterious and powerful Mrs Pleasant appears at the orphanage one day with a child in tow, providing the spark that is Lizzie's liberation.  With all of the wit, style and insight of Fowler's hit We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, the beguilingly different Sister Noon will surprise and delight readers.
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