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.
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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
There's a page for the Wilderness series on Facebook, but I don't often check it. Supposedly I get email notification when someone posts something on that page, but that doesn't always work. Today I went over there to see if there were questions to answer, and found about ten of them dating back to the summer.
The common question I get — on Facebook or anywhere else — is about Ethan and Callie, but second most common are requests for new novels about specific characters. I've had people tell me they'd love to hear Blue-Jay's story, as well as Wee Iona's, Robbie's, Nathaniel's parents, even Jemima's story. I am truly touched by these requests. I take them as evidence that my characters live on in the minds of the readers, which is a great compliment. The series has been very successful over the years which isn't so much about me […]
I leave tomorrow to give a paper at the University of California/San Diego. Two or three times a year I get invited to come tell people about my work in linguistics, and I always accept because it's a way to stay in the academic loop and talk to people with similar interests and new perspectives.
This particular talk is about the way children learn stereotypes from animated film, but I've talked about a lot of different areas of my research, from legal issues to real estate. Really. To give you an idea of what I'm doing this time, here's a chart from the first edition of English with an Accent based on an analysis of characters with speaking roles in Disney animated films that came out before 1998. Proof positive: I am an academic nerd. Click for a somewhat less fuzzy image.
Molly Hoffman suggested The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian, and her name jumped out of the hat. Molly, please contact me so I can arrange for Amazon to send your Kindle.
I've mentioned that I am very visually oriented, and also (what is probably obvious without me pointing it out again) I have more than a small dose of OCD. Which means I can't let things go until I'm satisfied. So the research I do for my novels is painstaking. And also, to me at least, tremendously interesting.
I always find the best possible maps for the location that I'm writing about. For Gilded Hour I found maybe a dozen maps published between 1880 and 1885, but only one of those really suits my purpose, so that while I'll consult many different maps, one becomes my source map. The map I'm using was published in 1885, which means that it was most likely compiled over 1883-84. Manhattan is divided into twenty-four plates (at the top of this post is a small detail from Plate 5, with my annotations).
An example of a […]