Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light (2019)

2019-03-29T12:44:42-05:00

When Whitney Scharer describes her goal in writing The Age of Light, I’m all in. She wants “to present Lee as the complicated woman she was: beautiful and talented, of course, but also flawed and fragile, and it was more important to me to get this right than to

Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light (2019)2019-03-29T12:44:42-05:00

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here

2017-07-24T14:21:27-05:00

Having stories narrated by - or assembled via - a number of voices is a popular way of  world-building. Each of the following books plays with this technique, allowing different perspectives to combine and create a more credible space for readers to inhabit. Just as in Meg Wolitzer's The Position, the matriarch

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here2017-07-24T14:21:27-05:00

Still the same old story? (On Trials of the Earth)

2016-07-31T12:15:15-05:00

Mary Mann Hamilton's Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman was originally writen in the 1930s, recounting her experiences pioneering. The chronicle begins in the 1880s in Missouri, moving into Arkansas, with her being crowded into a marriage, as a wife but not an equal. Little Brown

Still the same old story? (On Trials of the Earth)2016-07-31T12:15:15-05:00

Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World (2016)

2016-07-27T14:36:19-05:00

Research for Eowyn Ivey's new book took her into the heart of Alaska and onto the Copper River, described here, long before the draft was complete and bound and the book published. Little Brown and Company Hachette, 2016 Official publication day is today, the launch in Palmer, Alaska. On the page, the

Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World (2016)2016-07-27T14:36:19-05:00

Tracy Barone’s Happy Family (2016)

2016-06-28T15:49:20-05:00

As a screenwriter and a playwright, it's not surprising that Tracy Barone's debut novel, Happy Family, reads like a series of scenes. Little, Brown and Company, 2016 The first unfolds on August 5, 1962. "The pregnant girl enters the Trenton Family Clinic, looking like she parted the Red Sea to get

Tracy Barone’s Happy Family (2016)2016-06-28T15:49:20-05:00
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