Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Curious and magical things begin to happen when they play their instruments, which attracts some unwanted attention...
Identical twins Sonja and Charlotte are musical prodigies with extraordinary powers. Born on All-Hallows-Eve, the girls could play music before they could walk. They were found one night by Tatty, the Tattooed Lady of the circus, in a pail on her doorstep with only a note and a heart-shaped locket. They've been with Tatty ever since, roaming the Outskirts in the circus caravans, moving from place to place, but lately, curious things have started to happen when they play their instruments. During one of their performances, the girls accidentally levitate their entire audience, drawing too much unwanted attention. Soon, ominous Enforcers come after them, and Charlotte and Sonja must embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands in hopes of unlocking the secrets of their mysterious past.
'Charming . . . The lavishly illustrated fable of twin orphans growing up in a travelling circus in what Malouf calls a ‘futuristic Dickensian world’ was inspired by personal touchstones ranging from Charlotte Brontë to August Sander to her superstitious grandmother who believed in fortune-telling, and reflects Malouf’s distinctive sense of style, which seems vaguely late Victorian but ultimately unmoored to a time or place.' NYT Magazine
'[An] ambitious debut.' - Kirkus Reviews
After graduation, Juman began looking for an outlet with creative control. Juman has stated,“I wanted to do my own thing, create my own world, and that’s how I came to do a knitwear line, Charlotte Corday." Imbuing her theatrical roots into the designs, Juman developed embellished sweaters that drew a niche following in the early aughts and situated herself during the heyday of small New York brands. “As they say, ‘We were big in Japan!’” Malouf quips. She assisted the stylist Yvonne Sporre, attending Olivier Theyskens and Jeremy Scott’s first shows.
In addition to working on a knitwear line, Juman also began writing; her first book was The Trilogy of Two. Living between Paris and New York with Anderson, Juman worked on Trilogy for six or so years, while also collaborating on Anderson’s films The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom. She was honing her own visual language, too: Her fictionalised book, Francine’s Odyssey, earned a spot on the imagined bookshelf of Kingdom’s young heroes.
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