Archive for June, 2018

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 15th, 2018

This week, I finally got around to reading Greer Hendricks’s and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us, a dark, domestic, psychological thriller about the unraveling of a woman’s life and marriage. I gobbled it up over the course of two short-ish train rides. (There’s really nothing like train and airplane reading.)

For a total change of tone, I’ve now moved on to an old favorite, Georgette Heyer’s Arabella, in which a vicar’s daughter pretends to be a great heiress.
Hijinks, misunderstandings, and true love ensue.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 8th, 2018

It’s been a week of the new and the old. I began with Ruth Ware’s latest, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, a modern Gothic featuring a mysterious heritage, an appropriately waifish and desperate heroine, mistaken parentage, and, of course, a House.

After that, I changed tone and time period and plunged back into the 16th century for intrigue and skullduggery in Scotland with Francis Crawford of Lymond (Lymond!) in Dorothy Dunnett’s The Game of Kings. I did my undergrad thesis on just this moment in Scottish history so going back to 1540s Scotland always feels like coming home. And has anyone else noticed that Lymond, in his speech patterns, is a close cousin of Lord Peter Wimsey?

In other news, I’ve been chugging away on the Barbados Book (coming to you May 2019!) and picking up useful bits of information such as the initial publication date of the medical journal The Lancet (1827, in case you were wondering), and the composition of a doll given as a gift in the early 19th century (wax or wood or papier mache but not porcelain).

What have you been reading this week?



New York Panel & Signing– Wednesday, June 6th!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Come join me, Helen Phillips, Amanda Stauffer, and moderator Dana Schuster for a panel about writing and publishing fiction! We’ll talk about how we got started and the vagaries of the writing life– and anything else you’d like us to discuss, really.

The event is ticketed, but the ticket price includes a $15 gift card to Shakespeare and Co.

Hope to see you there! Click here to reserve your spot.

Yale NYC event

What: Panel & Signing
When: Wednesday, June 6, 6:30pm
Where: Shakespeare & Co (69th & Lex)