Lady Franklin of Russell Square
a novel by Erika Behrisch Elce
“Gripping… the reader is one with this devoted wife”
Alison Alexander, historian and author of The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer:
My dearest love,
Where are you now?
Spring, 1847, and Lady Franklin is back in London expecting to greet her hero husband, polar explorer Sir John Franklin, upon his triumphant return from the Northwest Passage. As weeks turn to months, she develops an unconventional friendship with Russell Square's gardener even as she reluctantly grows into her public role as Franklin's steadfast wife, the "Penelope of England.” In this novel that imagines a rich interior life of one of Victorian England's most intriguing women, the boundaries of friendship, propriety, and love are sure to collide.
Erika Behrisch Elce teaches Victorian Literature and Culture at the Royal Military College of Canada. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
My Brother Chuck
a novel by Andrew Evans
“An important, nuanced, haunting look at what it means to grow up, especially as a man." Molly Mulhern, Former Editorial Director, McGraw Hill Education
My Brother Chuck is a touching and insightful look at growing up male in the 50s and 60s. Growing up in a peaceful suburban family, two dissimilar brothers attempt to apply the life-lessons from their parents with varying degrees of success. Little brother Chuck is a born salesman, while his older brother is a reticent engineer, who struggles to understand his more outgoing wife. Then a crisis, and an extreme step, leaving behind the haunting question, ‘Is that what Dad meant?’
Andrew Evans, his wife Sharon, and their dogs Wally and Russell live in Victoria, BC, the only place in Canada where he can enjoy year-round sailing. He is known around the world for his 2014 bestselling book “Singlehanded Sailing; Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics”.
The Poor Clare
a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell
“–Pleasantly creepy in a cozy, midwinter way–“ Sadie Stein, the Paris Review.
Set in Victorian England, Gaskell’s gothic masterpiece weaves the tale of a lonely old woman whose curse upon the murderer of her cherished dog unleashes unintended consequences. The impulse of revenge is turned to contrition after the discovery of an unexpected connection between her and the accursed. Through Ireland to Yorkshire and finally London, a young lawyer discovers a beautiful young woman mysteriously followed by her own demonic doppelganger, and sets out to learn if the curse can be broken.
Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London in 1810. A writer of detailed letters from a young age, she moved in literary circles. Born into a Unitarian family, she married a Unitarian minister in 1832, and Unitarian values can be seen throughout her novels. Her gothic ghost story The Poor Clare was first published in instalments in Charles Dickens's magazine Household Words in 1856.