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BookTrib Q&A: Author Diane B. Saxton Talks about Symbolism and the Lives of Women ‘Peregrine Island’

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Complex and rich, Peregrine Island: A Novel is a story where each character beautifully intertwines with the next, helping to create a narrative that is filled with art, mystery, family and life. The author of Peregrine Island, Diane B. Saxton, previously worked as a journalist, covering everything from animal rights activism, to travel and everything in between. In an exclusive BookTrib interview, Saxton talks to about the inspiration behind her novel and writing about women in this day and time when women’s leadership has taken center stage.   BookTrib: Where did your inspiration to write this novel stem from? DS: That’s a very good question. The main reason I love to write fiction is because I honestly don’t know where stories originate.…

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Itty Bitty Book Review: Diane Saxton’s Peregrine Island

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I don’t know how Peregrine Island (She Writes Press, $16.95, 252 pages) made it to the top of my reading pile, but I’m glad it did. Diane Saxton’s debut novel offers up the art world as a backdrop, along with the age-old dream of finding treasure hidden away in your house somewhere. Come on, admit it:  how many times have you combed through some box, hoping something worth a cool million may be hiding inside? That’s kind of what happens when three generations of Peregrine women find themselves in possession of a priceless painting. Not a bad story on its own, to which Saxton ably adds layers of surprises, some of which the painting itself, quite literally, contains. Any combination…

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It’s Not Over! Extend Your Summer with These Beachy Novels

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Even though it’s still sunny out, tree leaves are still green and the beaches are still open, autumn is clearly rearing its head. It’s just a little bit cooler in early mornings and kids have gone back to school — but never fear! Instead of lamenting summer’s death throes, do what people have always done since the dawn of time: completely deny something is happening until it’s here! We intend to keep reading beachy, summery reads until most of the leaves are off the trees, anyway. So, in honor of endless summers, here’s a book list to help you keep the feeling of these long, warm days!   Love Her Madly: A Novel, M. Elizabeth Lee (Atria Books, August 16, 2016)…

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Video: Interview with Diane Saxton and Peregrine Island: A Novel

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The Peregrine family’s lives are turned upside down one summer when so-called “art experts” appear on the doorstep of their Connecticut island home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers, as well as other paintings, are discovered behind the artwork in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. Antagonism mounts between grandmother, mother, and child, who begin to suspect one another, as well as the shady newcomers in their midst, of foul play. As the summer progresses and the Peregrines discover facts about their past in the course of the investigation, they learn that people―including them―are not always who they appear to be. But when they uncover the painting’s deepest secret, it gives them the gift of…

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Review: Dive Into Psychological Mystery on Peregrine Island

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Tolstoy said that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Diane B. Saxton, the debut author of Peregrine Island (She Writes Press, August 2, 2016), would probably agree. Her new novel dives into a memorably dysfunctional family, the Peregrines, living on the titular private island on Long Island Sound. Three generations of women live there: Winter, the calculating matriarch, her rebellious adult daughter, Elsie, and her child daughter, Peda. The novel alternates between these three very distinct viewpoints – giving readers the impression of an isolated family wrapped up in years of internal angst. This serves to heighten the sense of mystery when the main story comes into play. It’s hard to describe what’s going on in Peregrine…

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