For the Winner by Emily Hauser

The second part of Emily Hauser’s Golden Apple trilogy, For the Winner, is a reimagining of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Like the first book of the series, For the Most Beautiful, it tells a popular story from a female perspective, something that is rare in Greek and many other mythological traditions. There... Continue Reading →

The Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson

Anyone who knows me (in my capacity as a writer, anyway) will tell you that when it comes to historical fiction I am a traditionalist: I don't want my historical figures and facts mixed up with zombies, werewolves, or ghosts (maybe I'll make an exception for ghosts... maybe). So it was with a bit of... Continue Reading →

A Day of Fire

The destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii by Vesuvius in AD 79 has inspired countless works of fiction and non-fiction over the years, but when I heard Sophie Perinot (of The Medicis' Daughter fame) talk about A Day of Fire at this year's literary festival in Newburyport, it piqued my interest. Perinot is one... Continue Reading →

Luck by Ed Meek

I don’t usually review non-historical fiction; but when I heard Ed Meek read from his new short story collection “Luck” at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, I knew it was something I wanted to write about. Meek’s concise, elegant prose zooms in on the lives of Bostonians both at home and farther afield, and is... Continue Reading →

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Julie Berry's new novel The Passion of Dolssa intrigued me for many reasons. It is historical fiction; it is set in the Middle Ages; it features a saint-like character; and - most interestingly, given the spiritual subject matter - it is geared towards young adults. I admit: I'm not a YA reader, much less writer.... Continue Reading →

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Modern Girls, a novel about a mother and daughter who find themselves in a family way in the 1930s New York, could easily have been yet another feel-good story where the heroine makes the right decision after a bit of hand-wringing, and all is well. But life is messy, and choices are rarely black-and-white. Thankfully,... Continue Reading →

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