Books & Reading

Now Reading “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street” by Natasha Pulley

Written by Kevin Koperski

On a particular day in August 2015, the book gods declared a holiday. There was a new Harper Lee novel, a new Ernest Cline novel, and a highly-rated debut by Natasha Pulley. I learned about that last one on Goodreads, I think, as part of a New Releases email. It seemed like an interesting book, so I put it on my list. When I searched for it at the bookstore and found a delightful binding with a watchface showing through a cutout on the jacketless cover, it quickly joined the others in my hand.

I don’t have much to say about why I’m reading it. The first few pages offered some beautiful writing. And I knew it had a surreal quality to it, which is something I absolutely love.

There is, of course, the fact it takes place in Victorian London. I’ve made several false starts on a novel set in Victorian London, and I’m always curious to see how others do it. I pay particular attention to the amount of Victorian detail they offer. In most cases, it’s less than I expect. My guess is that the words “Victorian London” in the jacket copy immediately put readers into a certain mindset with defined expectations, thereby eliminating the need for an author to paint the landscape with an abundance of detail.

So that’s it. An impulse read. As a bonus, the author is a woman. I need more female prose in my life, especially when it’s as elegant and observational as Natasha Pulley’s seems to be.

About the author

Kevin Koperski

Kevin Koperski is the author of the mystery novel Amontillado. He's a tech entrepreneur currently developing several new products.

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