“There are always architects for exploitation and subjugation . . . There is no exploitation unless there are people who are quietly complicit. That is the nature of human subjugation. Complicity is a ghost haunting this story.”
Being a psychotherapist attuned me to discerning both to what is said and what is unsaid, accustomed me to seeking to understand conscious and unconscious motivation—above all, to listening.
Writing my first novel, I felt: the past was drawing nearer, often so close, that it hurt.
by Alice Stephens
“Scholarship is the ongoing work of clarifying the historical record. The fiction writer is after emotional truth. ”
by Evelyn Somers
“I also wanted to write about the women who never show up in historical writing more generally. Sometimes in our histories the women disappear altogether. This mysterious—actually ridiculous—absence of women at key historical moments became crucial to me.”
by Shoba Viswanathan
” Much of the time it has to do with getting out of my own way. Somehow you have to be fiendishly devoted to your work yet untroubled by how it will be received, or whether it will be received at all.”