It’s been almost three weeks in the U.S. since the biography and stories came out. Next week they come out in the UK.   In advance of the UK publication, W.W. Norton UK has put up an excerpt of the biography. You can read the prologue and get a sense of the book. (The links […]


The publication date is supposed to be Feb. 29 for both Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories. However, it seems both books are being shipped now. Amazon shows them as ready to ship. Those who have pre-ordered them are starting to get emails saying they have been shipped. And the […]


I’m offering a free sneak peek of Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Miss Grief and Other Stories, to be published by W. W. Norton on February 29, to subscribers of my newsletter. You can read my Introduction and the short story “Solomon” before the book hits bookshelves by subscribing to “The Woolson and Alcott Chronicles” here. Woolson (1840-1894) was the most […]


Publication day (Feb. 29) is six and a half weeks away. The pre-publication reviews are in, and now I sit and wait. Or not. I’m not very good at sitting and waiting. So I’m working on getting a few things going. First, another (final) Goodreads giveaway is in progress. If you would like a free copy (not […]


One of the new experiences for me as a trade author is the process of getting reviews. When I published my first two book with an academic press, it took a year or more for reviews to start coming in. This time around, as Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories get […]

Claire Vaye Watkins’s essay “On Pandering,” about how much her writing has been influenced by a desire for the approval of the “white male lit establishment,” caused such a frenzy that it crashed Tin House’s website. Responses rapidly appeared at Salon, Jezebel, Flavorwire, Slate, and the LA Times, with more to come, surely. . . […]

  The back cover copy for Miss Grief and Other Stories is here: Discover the fiction of a writer once deemed America’s “Novelist Laureate.” Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-94) was considered one of the best writers of her generation. She depicted with precise realism and great empathy a broad landscape of Americans and their ways, from the […]