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PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)
Set in San Francisco in the Gilded Age, Sister Noon is a period mystery that showcases the wickedly wry and deliciously subversive talents readers expect of Karen Joy Fowler.

"An astonishing narrative voice, at once lyric and ironic, satiric and nostalgic. Fowler can tell stories that engage and enchant."
-San Francisco Chronicle

By dint of birth, Lizzie Hayes is part of San Francisco's social elite. But Lizzie, so seemingly docile, hides within her a rebellious heart. All she needs is the spark that will liberate her from the ruling conventions. And that spark is Mary Ellen Pleasant. With her appearance on Lizzie's doorstep, she brings with her not only mystery and a whiff of disrepute but also the key that will unlock Lizzie's passionate nature. "You can be anything you want," she tells Lizzie. "You don't have to be the same person your whole life."

Lizzie Hayes is the perfect foil for Fowler's sly and insidious skewering of social pretensions, her outward placidity concealing a mind quick to note the disingenuousness of the world she observes. It's as if Jane Austen were writing of the follies of our Gilded Age. Not surprising coming from the novelist hailed by The New York Times Book Review for her "willingness to take detours, her unapologetic delight in the odd historical fact, her shadowy humor and the elegant unruliness of her language."

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Hardback Editions

May 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-399-14750-0 / 978-0-399-14750-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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October 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-7862-3549-7 / 978-0-7862-3549-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-78125-556-3 / 978-1-78125-556-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-78125-549-0 / 978-1-78125-549-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
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May 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-452-28328-0 / 978-0-452-28328-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Audio Editions

October 2015 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Sister Noon (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-5100-1081-5 / 978-1-5100-1081-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
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May 2002 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sister Noon
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA