10 Books To Read If You Loved Frog Music (from Emma Donoghue herself!)

Everyone knows that novelists rely on other people’s books for information, but in fact we draw on the work of others for far more than that: for examples of how to tackle a subject, period or structural challenge; for insight into a certain type of character. So in writing FROG MUSIC, I was inspired by the approach of some great novels about nineteenth-century America, yes, but also by other fiction that rises to similar challenges.

(1) E. L. Doctorow, THE MARCH, a brilliantly revisionist tale of the American Civil War, features an almost vaudeville-style duo of hapless soldiers trying to get home in one piece through a broken country.

(2) Charles Frazier, COLD MOUNTAIN.  I think it’s the structure – the cutting back and forward between the endlessly divided experience of a husband and wife trying to find each other after the Civil War – that makes…

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