05 April 2018

The Radical Element; Jessica Spotswood ed.

The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #2)The Radical Element by Jessica Spotswood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I so wish that anthologies were an easier sell to students. Not sure why a short story by a fave author doesn't appeal in the same way a full book does, particularly as it might lead to a new fave. Oh well.

As stories go, this is pretty standard in terms of each author playing to their strengths and not really providing any surprises. Each author takes on the story of some girl (plucky, unconventional, etc.) living during a historical era in American history. Some stories work better than others, and I always worry that historical fiction written this way will bring the author's concerns and beliefs into the narrative (see, "You're A Stranger Here" as an example) but beyond that, enjoyable.

ARC provided by publisher.

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