On the Importance of Seeing Yourself in Fiction: A Coming-Out Story

Whether you are an avid reader, a casual reader, or someone who mainly only reads books because you watched the movie first, you might have been asked this question: What book character do you relate to the most? I've been asked that question time and time again, and my answer is always awkward, uncertain. As someone…
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From Oyster Girls to Pickpockets: Reading All of Sarah Waters’s Books

I have been having a love affair with Sarah Waters’s books, since even before I actually read any of her novels. As an undergrad, I worked in a little bookstore, and during my shifts I would drift around, waiting for customers, waiting for my next class, passing the time by trailing my fingers along the spines…
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The Anglophile’s Guide to (Bloody Brilliant) Historical Fiction

Dear Reader, there is nothing that brings me such unbridled joy as what I consider to be a richly-written, atmospheric historical fiction novel. I have never been one to wish for times past, because I am a modern lady who enjoys modern amenities such as public works systems, vaccinations, and air conditioning units. However, I…
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