Based on all your comments on our recent post – Win a Word Wenches Library Collection – we know you love historical fiction. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Susan Fraser King’s unforgettable novel Queen Hereafter.
The book is about Daisy Phillips – a 77-year-old widow from Liverpool – who, while under pressure to sell her lifelong home and move into senior apartments, stumbles upon a long forgotten treasure in her cellar: a watch given to her by her first fiancé – a Brooklyn soldier stationed in England during World War II. Overcome with guilt that such a valuable object had been stored away for so long, curious about her lost love and itching for new experiences, Daisy travels to the US to find him, and restore the watch to its rightful owner.
Evelyn Harbinger, the heroine of Petty Magic, is 149 years old, and her favorite pastime is making herself a girl again for nights out on the town seducing young men. When people ask me what the novel is about, I usually use the word ‘witch’ even though Eve hates that word with a red-hot fiery passion, just because ‘witch’ is quicker to understand. (There’s an old-school witch on the cover, too, spiriting a little girl away on her broomstick—but this is ironically appropriate.)
The Al-Rajab’s story has been covered in Publishing Perspectives. The facts are bare as they devastating: in August 1999 their store, Al-Muthanna Library was destroyed in mysterious fire and the brothers have been working ever since to rebuild, a tough enough challenge as it stands, but made all the more difficult first by the war and now by the government. And, of course, there is the ongoing threat of violence.