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The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf

A Novel
Kathryn Davis
In Kathryn Davis’s second novel, Frances Thorn, waitress and single parent of twins, finds herself transformed by the dazzling magnetism of Helle Ten Brix, an elderly Danish composer of operas. At the heart of what binds them is “The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf,” the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a prideful girl who, in order to spare her new shoes, uses the loaf of bread, intended as a gift for her parents, as a stepping-stone, and ends up sinking to the bottom of a bog. Helle’s final opera, based on this tale and unfinished at the time of her death, is willed to Frances—a life-changing legacy that compels Frances to unravel the mysteries of Helle’s story and, in so doing, to enter the endlessly revolving, intricate world of her operas.
 
The ravishing beauty and matchless wit that have characterized Davis’s work from the beginning are here on full display. The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf is a novel as thrilling in its virtuosity as it is moving in its homage to the power of art, a power that changes lives forever.

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ISBN
978-1-64445-029-1
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Subject
Pages
416
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Back in print, an astonishing novel of art, obsession, and the secrets kept by two very different women

About the Author

Kathryn  Davis
Credit: Anne Davis
Kathryn Davis is the author of eight novels, including The Silk Road and Duplex. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University.
 
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Praise

  • “Written in crystalline, sonorous prose, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf is an ambitious book. . . . Davis’s accounts of Helle Ten Brix’s past are . . . splendidly conceived and executed with a confidence that is remarkable.”Chicago Tribune
  • “Lyrically intense. . . . Artifice and reality clash, then merge, in this strange and visionary novel.”Kirkus Reviews
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