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Book Review: The Comfortable Courtesan by L.A. Hall

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 07:00
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Originally created as a series of blog posts, this fictional memoir of a Regency-era courtesan is a light-hearted (though occasionally serious) exploration of the social and material world of the demi-monde and the parts of society they intersect with. The author is quite knowledgeable about her subject and draws in a diverse cast (including historically-situated queer characters, which is always a plus for me). Although there are some over-arching plotlines, it’s probably best read in the same episodic fashion it was created. I enjoyed it, though it didn’t grab me solidly enough to move on to the second volume.

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