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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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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Book Reviews of 2020

The final 40 days of this unprecedented — and for many of us, unprecedentedly awful — year are upon us. It’s also the close of my sabbatical semester, one activity of which has been getting this blog and website up and running again. I thought I’d make it easy on myself by starting out with […]

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