Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
How’s this for a pull quote?
“Brennan does a wonderful job of bringing this off-kilter utopia to life in a narrative that is both highly entertaining and genuinely moving.”
That’s from the brand new review of Town Father via the Historical Novel Society. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I applied for the review. They’re serious about historical fiction, and I was half-afraid that my one foray into the genre might be seen as less than legit. I’m sure I took liberties with period details that might have peeved them, but — lucky me! — the reviewer liked the book and said some very nice things about it.
Short but sweet, here’s the review in its entirety. Tell all your reader friends who like historical fiction that Town Father now has a dandy seal of approval! You can also pick up your own copy here.
The playful alternate title of Kevin Brennan’s novel Town Father, “Where Graceful Girls Abound,” gives a strong hint of the boisterous nature of the book itself.
The setting is 1880s California, and the premise is as old as Aristophanes: three hundred women journey to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in order to found a town named Hestia, which is to be populated only by women. But among the strong personalities of Hestia’s founders, there are plenty of minds clear enough to know that if the town is going to survive, it needs procreation, Which comes in the form of one obliging man who will do the necessary in order to help out. That man is Henry O’Farrell, a kindly soul with a complicated back-story of his own.
Brennan does a wonderful job of bringing this off-kilter utopia to life in a narrative that is both highly entertaining and genuinely moving.