Mark Mustian Discusses His Latest Book, The Gendarme

Written by Donna Meredith A desire to understand the dark force that allows people to participate in a genocide led Mark Mustian to choose a Turk rather than an Armenian as the narrator of his novel, The Gendarme. The choice may appear unusual at first, since Mustian is of Armenian heritage himself. “Perhaps it comes […]

October Read of the Month – Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals, by Tom Carhart

Sacred Ties: From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War Reviewed by Philip K. Jason Subtitled “From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals: A True Story of the Civil War,” Sacred Ties, by Tom Carhart, aims to envision what is otherwise familiar material through a new lens. Though Civil […]

Robin Oliveira Interview, Part Two

Robin Oliveira’s debut novel, My Name is Mary Sutter, was selected as our September Read of the Month. Please enjoy the second part of her fascinating interview with SLR contributor, Adele Annesi. There are a fair number of novels and stories set during the Civil War. Were you concerned that the theme was a bit […]

Meet Robin Oliveira, Author of My Name is Mary Sutter

Robin Oliveira has the literary world on its heels with her debut novel, My Name is Mary Sutter (Viking, May 2010). With the book released to rave reviews and picked as our SLR Read of the Month, Oliveira could have easily balked at yet another interview request. Instead, she gave her time generously and we think […]

September Read of the Month, My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Review by Adele Annesi The debut literary work of historical fiction My Name is Mary Sutter by promising novelist Robin Oliveira offers an ambitious and unsparing glimpse into the life of aspiring physician Mary Sutter amid the turbulent U.S. Civil War.  The story opens with young midwife Mary Sutter of Albany, NY denied another apprenticeship in […]

Mudbound — June Read of the Month

When Barbara Kingsolver elected Hillary Jordan’s debut novel, Mudbound, for her Bellwether Prize (2006), the title went straight to my “must read” list. Since it remains one of my favorite books, I’m going to skip back a few years and choose it as our Read of the Month, a new SLR practice that will highlight one […]