Hail and Well Met!

I’m an author of books on Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, a Professor of English at Central Michigan University, a mother, a knitter, a reader, a reviewer of historical novels, and the property of an exceedingly fine cat indeed.

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Best read of 2021 so far…

I just finished Lauren Groff’s Matrix and wow! Here’s the review I posted on Goodreads: Marie de France has been imagined in historical fiction before; she’s a tempting subject because her life story is a blank and we have only her gorgeous writings: Lanval, Bisclavet, the Fables, the lais, the legends of the saints. Lauren […]

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More Book reviews!

Here are a few of the recent reviews I’ve posted on Goodreads that are not for Historical Novels Review — my favorite reads of 2021 so far… The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown & Co.) Even putting aside this astounding novel’s accidental timeliness, it renders with laser focus a historical moment […]

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Book Reviews of 2020, pt. 2

Another favorite, reviewed in the November 2019 issue of Historical Novels Review — Sarah Donati’s Where the Light Enters (Berkeley, 2019): This long, absorbing novel is the sequel to Donati’s enthusiastically received The Gilded Hour, a multi-family epic centered on the lives of Anna and Sophie Savard, cousins who attempt to further the cause of medical […]

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