Janis Cooke Newman is the author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award. She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Both books are available in paperback.
Janis Cooke Newman recommends
Lucky You (2017)
"By turns dark and funny, Lucky You is a stunningly honest novel about the inner lives of three women. Sexy, risky, with a pleasurably dangerous tension. Erika Carter's writing is effortlessly remarkable."
The Other Side of Everything (2018)
Lauren Doyle Owens
"Lauren Doyle Owen's illuminating novel shows us the power of community to both bind and separate. Its multi-generational characters shift between internal demons and a real-world killer, looking for connection. The beauty of the story lies in its ability to find hope in tragedy. A wonderful read!"
Prospects of a Woman (2020)
"I loved this surprisingly feminist story of Gold Rush-era California! Elizabeth Parker is a heroine to fall in love with - plucky, sensuous,courageous, and clear-eyed. It is a rare and unusual pleasure to - finally - have a narrative of the Gold Rush told from a woman's point of view."
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