My academic work appears under my full name, contemporary novels and short fiction under Rosina Lippi, and historical novels (in particular, a series of six known as the Wilderness series under the penname Sara Donati.
About this Website
The weblog focuses primarily on craft, research and publishing issues, subjects that are of interest to those who are trying to get started writing fiction. There’s also a lot of giving-away of books and other bits to keep people interested. The weblog is also a place where I answer reader mail that I think will be of interest to a wider audience.
There is a (as of this moment rather neglected) FAQ page (if anybody is interested in helping out with that, I hope they won’t hesitate to yell, really loudly), information about my professional services, and a portfolio which needs to be beaten into shape.
One is reminded of Garcia-Marquez’s Hundred Years of Solitude, where the names also recur from one generation to the next, and whose style is similarly simple yet profound, honest and yet soothing.Dylan Evans, for the Orange Prize Committee
An intricately braided narrative about a place that will be, for most readers, at first foreign and then familiar. These stories about love and community are exceptionally vivid, even when they contain ghosts and traces of memory. Homestead is a book of marvels.Charles Baxter,
In Rosenau, a small, fully imagined world in the heart of the Bregenz Forest, Rosina Lippi gives us not only a village and its life, whole, complex, and alive–she gives us our friends and neighbors and secrets. Her clear prose has the weight and tender history of old silver and the tang of stainless steel. There are a hundred truths in these twelve stories.Amy Bloom,
This is a novel of great depth, compassion and tenderness.Brigitte Frase, The New York Times
Homestead is beautifully and carefully written. It can be compared to Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine. I also found myself thinking about From Here to Eternity, so rich is Homestead in evocative detail of a lost, unique world.Carolyn See, The Washington Post
Latest From The Blog
This online collection of newspapers is an excellent resource for historians and writers of historical fiction, especially — even if you're not writing about California.
It's the most accessible online newspaper archive I've ever come across. Searchable, image size can be adjusted, and the text of whatever you're looking at shows up on the left via OCR — granted, lots of imperfections, but still legible enough to know if the page is worth downloading. You can clip articles or columns of ads, or grab the whole page as a pdf. And best of all: if the article is spread out over columns or even pages, when you clip it, the whole article shows up, each piece appearing in its proper place. Here's a small clipping from the Sacramento Bee in March 1883:
From the front page:
This collection contains 61,412 issues comprising 545,955 pages and 6,364,529 articles.
The California Digital Newspaper Collection is […]
I'm not sure why, but just recently I've had a big bump in email and on-line notes about the Wilderness series, some really heartfelt and very kind responses. This is a general thank you to everybody for your support. Writing is a very solitary and often lonely way to make a living. Positive feedback from readers goes a long way to balance that out.
M.K. Tod has put up a survey on favorite writers of historical fiction — and I made the number eleven slot in some really excellent company. I didn't know this survey was running and I didn't send anybody over to vote, so I can feel good about this without reservation.
It's a lovely boost when I'm trying to pin down information on the Staten Island railroad circa 1880. Very exciting chapters I'm working on, despite how that sounds.
M.K. Tod's primary interests are WWI and WWII — an interest we have in common (ala Homestead, in particular). She's got a novel out (Unravelled) that I just ordered for my Kindle. The description:
In October 1935, Edward Jamieson's memories of war and a passionate love affair resurface when an invitation to a WWI memorial ceremony arrives. Though reluctant to visit the scenes of horror he has spent years trying to forget, Edward succumbs […]
I had an email from a concerned reader through my Goodreads page. Polly is a bookseller with a valid worry:
Hello there, so sorry to bother you, but I just had to voice my concerns over the recent transition of "Into the Wilderness" from a mass market paperback into trade paperback format.
I've been a small bookstore owner for 22 years and have sold a lot of your books, because frankly, I love them (it's easy to sell something you love!). I keep the full set available at all times on my shelves and recommend them often. So when I attempted to reorder "Into the Wilderness" a few weeks ago from Ingram, I was informed it is now only available in a $16.00 trade paperback. I doubt very seriously it will keep a place on my shelves, especially now that the first book does not match the other books in the […]