Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.
This week's blog post looks at characters from another angle: real people whose motives and natures are often more obscure than those of their fictional counterparts—as seen through the fiction of Mary Doria Russell, especially the two novels featured here. The Wild West! Cowboys (and Cow Boys), gamblers and drunkards, financiers and newspapermen—and one elderly woman determined to whitewash her husband's legacy. You can learn about them all via the links here and below.