Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan

In “Under the Wide and Starry Sky”, Nancy Horan writes about a famous person, writer Robert Louis Stevenson – and gets the balance between historical fact and fiction right.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan

Horan’s first historical novel about Frank Lloyd Wright, Loving Frank, failed to entice me, I suspect because she kept so very closely to the very well publicized lives and affairs of the famous architect. I felt I got no deeper into the psyche of the lead characters than that which I had really read and known. In Loving Frank, being a novel, not a biography, I felt Horan could have digressed a bit more, taken a little more poetic licence, done a bit more interpretation. In Under the Wide and Starry Sky, again, Horan writes about a famous person, writer Robert Louis Stevenson – and this time she got the balance between historical fact and fiction right. (Continue reading…)


Read about another biography by Nancy Horan, Loving Frank.


 

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