It's a really exciting, including the terrifying part of exciting, to know the book you've been working on for so long is finally being read.
Not just by your friends, your writing group, your agent, your editor. By COMPLETE STRANGERS.
Well, yeah, of course, that's the point of writing. Unless maybe you're Emily Dickinson
I'm pretty sure no one's ever mistaken me for Emily Dickinson, if only because of my penchant for leopard print outfits and snazzy eyewear.
So it was quite a thrill to hear that the first blurbs are in for Juliet's Nurse
. All from complete strangers, who just happen to know a thing or two about how to write great novels.
“Lois Leveen’s richly detailed, fascinating novel offers a wholly original and intriguing take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays through the imagined life of Juliet’s faithful nurse, whose secret loves and tragedies rival the young lovers’ own.”
--Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival
“Wise, thoughtful, and utterly irresistible. A powerful story not just of youth seduced by love and destruction, but also of maturity left to pick up what is left and carry on.”
--Eva Stachniak, Internationally bestselling author of The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night
“Lois Leveen has crafted a startlingly original take on an iconic love story, and with grace and insight presents Shakespeare’s Verona and its characters in a wonderfully new and surprising light. Angelica’s unabashed sensual nature is balanced by her understanding of the complexities of the human predicament, and her resilience inspires us to be more tolerant of our own wounded hearts.”
--Linda Holeman, Internationally bestselling author of The Devil on Her Tongue and The Lost Souls of Angelkov
“If Romeo and Juliet is the story of two star-crossed lovers, then Juliet’s Nurse is the equally compelling love affair between the infant Juliet and her milk mother and nurse, Angelica. Leveen’s novel is clever, fast-paced, well-researched and beautifully written. Convincing historical details are sprinkled throughout, provoking in the reader the sense of how it must have been in the 14th century. I loved it.”
--Roberta Rich, Internationally bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife