'Frog Music' Sounds A Barbaric (But Invigorating) Yawp

April 1, 2014 11:05 AM

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'Frog Music' Sounds A Barbaric (But Invigorating) Yawp

San Francisco in the summer of the 1876, between the Gold Rush and the smallpox epidemic, is the setting for Emma Donoghue's boisterous new novel, Frog Music.

There's real frog music in these pages, the riveting cries of the creatures hunted by Jenny Bonnet, one of the two main characters. She's a pistol-packing, pants-wearing gal in a town where pants on women are one of the few cardinal sins, and she scratches out a living catching frogs and selling the...

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