Plot: Watkin composes a narrative with historical integrity and imaginative reach. The author inserts a hearty helping of speculation into this nuanced reinterpretation of Wilde and Lloyd's turbulent marriage.
Prose: The author demonstrates a rare ability to achieve historical verisimilitude while infusing her story with relevance and novelty. Centuries-old conversations are reimagined with wit and reverence.
Originality: Writing with sensitivity, awareness, and skill, Watkin offers an uncommon feminist perspective on 19th century social restrictions and oppressive marriage laws.
Character Development: Watkin gives voice to an invisible woman who had the strength to momentarily tame an Irish giant of English literature. Characters are convincingly portrayed and enlivened through sharp dialogue and the author's own shrewd observations.
Blurb: Watkin’s novel is a heart-wrenching celebration of female courage in an otherwise discouraging time.
Date Submitted: July 19, 2018