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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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DIY MFA Radio Episode 119: Behind the Scenes with Debut Author Diane Saxton

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In this episode, Gabriela Pereira speaks with author Diane Saxton about her writing process and path to publishing her debut novel, Peregrine Island. In this interview, they discuss building a story from a theme and a few core characters the contrast between the male and female characters in the story and how sometimes writers don’t realize they’re making artful choices until after they’ve made them. They also talk about Diane’s writing process and how she gets in her writing “zone,” as well as the long and winding path that brought her to finding the perfect home for her book with She Writes Press.

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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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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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Smart Reads: 6 Memoirs That Examine the Author’s Own History

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We love history here at BookTrib, which is why we featured 5 Fascinating Books that Shed a Fresh Light on History in February. But when we sat down to plan our Women’s History Month Smart Reads, we decided to take a slightly different angle. We wanted to feature women who are telling contemporary stories about their own lives. So here are six memoirs that explore family dynamics, grief and loss, redemption, reinvention, violence and peace, and that enduring thing called love. Red Eggs and Good Luck: A Memoir by Angela Lam (She Writes Press; October 6, 2015) “Red Eggs and Good Luck is the kind of honest, beautifully written memoir that will have you staying up way too late turning…

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