Women’s Historical Fiction


Daguerreotype 1850s

The Companion

Lake Union Publishing, January 2020

2018 Recipient, Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant
2018 Winner, Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award

Set in 1855 New Hampshire, Lucy Blunt is sentenced to hang for the murders of three women in the house where she worked. Blacklisted from the mills, Lucy finds herself as kitchen maid in a house of locked doors and secret passageways, the upstairs haunted by the blind whist-playing mistress Eugenia Burton and her companion and penniless cousin Rebecca White. In love with Eugenia, scorned by Rebecca, Lucy walks a tightrope with no net to catch her should she fall. Awaiting the noose, she weaves a heart-wrenching tale of the passions and betrayals leading up to the heinous crime and her bitter downfall.

“The narrator is riveting, the prose gorgeous.” Ron Hansen, National Book Award Finalist, The Assassination of  Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Mariette in Ecstasy

“A historical novel told with clarity and grace. The period details seem sharp and accurate and seen in passing, out of the corner of the eye. The research never shows, which is an accomplishment.”Kevin Canty, Author, The Underworld, Everything: A Novel

With exquisitely vivid and lyrical writing and a subtly layered narrative, The Companion is a fascinating and beautiful novel. If you enjoy Sarah Waters, you’ll love Kim Taylor Blakemore’s latest. – Lily Hammond, Author, Alice & Jean, Violet

For fans of See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt; Fingersmith & Affinity by Sarah Waters; Slammerkin & Frog Music by Emma Donoghue; The Vanishing by Sophia Tobin; The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

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