Review: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

Readers often suggest books I should write. My standard reply is, “Well, arranged marriages can work nicely for some folks, but I have to fall in love on my own.” When I’m almost finished with a novel, I start dating again. I read promiscuously and watch a lot of documentaries on the History Channel and … Read more…

First two reviews of Epitaph!

Have to admit, I flinched at the first sentence, thinking I’d get slammed for too much tedious detail, but then…   Library Journal Starred Review January 1, 2015 In this follow-up to Doc, Russell is on a mission: she will leave no stone unturned, no seemingly tangential character undeveloped, no political maneuver unexamined in order … Read more…

Based on a title by Mary Doria Russell

Two Hollywood attempts to bring The Sparrow to the big screen have made me feel a certain kinship with Max Brooks. Both of us have written science fiction novels that were optioned for a Brad Pitt movie, so watching what’s happened to Mr. Brooks’ book World War Z has been interesting. The movie is getting … Read more…