If fiction fuels the mind, historical fiction poured jet fuel into mine from early on. It created a lifelong fascination with history and pushed me to question everything I read. Why question? At the end of a satisfying read, I wanted more, but I needed to know: Was it true? Could it happen? Which of these people actually lived—and where and how. History Imagined sits, as my reading often does, at the intersection of fiction and history, truth and myth.
My earliest reading came from American history and frequently crossed the border between pure fiction set in a historical period, such as A Light in the Forest and fiction written in an earlier era about historical events, such as Little Women. They and books like them described people and places that were both near and familiar to me.
As I grew into my teens, however, my need for more…
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