"KATHERINE'S WISH is a beautifully observed novel [that] reveals a core truth: that Mansfield's was not so much a creative life cut short as one that flourished so long against all odds."
-- Alexandra Johnson, author of THE HIDDEN WRITER
"KATHERINE'S WISH, fifteen years in the making, is a dazzling bit of fictional sorcery, conjuring to life the bright and talented swirl of modern society in the 1920s... This novel is a must read, whether you have historical interests per se or only enjoy a story so compelling and moving that there's no putting it down. I certainly couldn't!"
-- David Lynn, editor, the KENYON REVIEW
Linda Lappin is the author of THE ETRUSCAN (Wynkin de Worde, Galway, 2004) hailed by critics as a new classic in American writing about Italy. Semi-Finalist for the 2000 Three Oaks First Novel Prize awarded by Story-Line Press in Oregon, THE ETRUSCAN was selected as a Book of the Week by BOOK VIEW IRELAND and praised by the LITERARY REVIEW as "compelling, haunting, intriguing," and by PRAIRIE SCHOONER as "gorgeously detailed, wickedly fun." She is also the author of PRISONER OF PALMARY, an experimental historical novel set in 18th century Italy, short-listed for the Mid-List First Novel Award in 1999. Her essays, poetry, reviews and fiction have appeared in a wide variety of US publications, from the KENYON REVIEW to the KANSAS CITY STAR. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The last chapter of KATHERINE'S WISH was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer short fiction award in 2007 and was published in BEST NEW WRITING 2007. She teaches Creative Writing for the U.S.A.C. Study Abroad program in Viterbo. She also directs the Writing Center of Centro Pokkoli www.pokkoli.org Her websites are www.lindalappin.net and www.theetruscan.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Katherine Mansfield lives and breathes again in this historical novel which focuses on the last five years of Mansfield¿s life. It follows her ceaseless journeys across Europe in the company of her friend, Ida Baker, in search of healing and wholeness which came to her , alas, only spiritually at the end, when she withdrew to the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau founded by George Gurdjieff. The story is well known to lovers of Mansfield¿s work, since it has been told by Mansfield herself in her diaries, journal, and letters and by Ida and Murry, Katherine¿s husband, in their autobiographies. What Lappin has done is weave together these three strands, with echoes of Mansfield¿s own diaries and short stories, to give a multifaceted portrait of this time, from three points of view: Mansfield, Ida and Murry. In this sense, it uses literary techniques of the modernist period. Beautifully written, swift paced, detailed , and deeply moving recreation of a literary life. Reading it is like being held captive by a time traveler. Highly recommended for students of literature, book groups, or people who love a good read and a plunge into the past