If you liked The Scarlet Letter…
…BuzzFeed says you ought to read The Movement of Stars. If you hated The Scarlet Letter, there’s probably another list somewhere of what you might enjoy. This is not it.
Labor Day is born…
If you’ve seen my Twitter profile, you know I had a baby in the back seat of my car. And if you know me, you know I worked on TMOS for most of my adult life. These two intense lifestreams converged in an essay that found a home in a new anthology alongside the likes of Cheryl Strayed, Jennifer Gilmore, Dani Shapiro, Lauren Groff, and too many other women writers-and-mothers I idolize to even name here. It’s an incredible collection, edited by rock star writers Anna Solomon and Eleanor Henderson. Please support Labor Day! Come to an event, pick it up for yourself, for your mom, for any mom.
ReMem in One Story
This isn’t ‘new’ news, but it’s new here, because I’m slow. But no less thrilled that my short story, ReMem, was published by One Story a few issues ago. Lucky #184. You can read an excerpt and q & a about the work here. And if you want to know what happens, click the ‘buy’ link on the site. Even better, subscribe.
From Boston, with love for Maria Mitchell and TMOS…
I am thrilled about this Boston Globe feature story that weaves the backstory of TMOS with its inspiration, the amazing Maria Mitchell.
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A stellar talk with Mindy Todd on Cape NPR, WCAI
If you have 10 minutes and an interest in The Stars, History, and Nantucket, click through to listen to our conversation about all things TMOS-related…
“Read three sentences of Amy Brill's gorgeous The Movement of Stars and you're swiftly transported to the lantern-lit past of 1840s Quaker Nantucket... This book sings with insights about love, work and how we create our own families. (Hannah asks her new sister-in-law, "Is this going to require a show of sentiment or some sort of feminine ritual? I'm afraid I'll be a total failure at either.") And despite the richness of historical and astronomical detail, ultimately this is a story about the question pulsing through every woman alive, brilliant scientist or not: How do you make a contribution to the world without 'forsaking feeling for fact?'”
—Amy Shearn, Oprah.com
“On Nantucket in the 1800s, Hannah Price struggles to obey her Quaker community while becoming an astronomer--her dream. Then exotic Isaac Martin asks to study with her, and she finds she has a lot to learn about love. Inspired by real-life astronomer Maria Mitchell, Brill's Hannah lights the way, like a comet, for women whose minds and hearts lead them beyond boundaries.”
—Anne Leslie, People Magazine
“Brill spins a luxurious romance about stargazing and star-crossing. Hannah Gardner Price, the heroine, driven to succeed in her field and steadfast in her right to do so, eventually becomes embroiled in an interracial romance with Isaac, an Azorean whaler she takes on as a student. Though the setting and subject may brand this a historical novel, the conflicts ring sharply contemporary—career vs. family, racial tension vs. love. I hope to see steampunks on the L train wetting its pages with their artisanal tears.”
—James Hannaham, The Village Voice
“Every time a good writer creates a work of fiction based on the life of a little-known historical figure there is cause for celebration. If the work is conscientious, imaginative, honest, and fluid, like The Movement of Stars, our own firmament expands. That life rises to the surface and helps us to answer the question: How did we get here?”
—Susan Salter Reynolds, Barnes & Noble Review
“Author Amy Brill combines several themes --- women's rights, closed faith communities, life in an isolated place, practicing one's spirituality, pursuing one's dreams --- and weaves them into a well-researched, well-written and entirely believable story that readers will enjoy because the themes are timeless.... It is this reviewer's hope that other trips inspire additional historical novels by this new author.”
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