By Dorothy Woodend, 11 Oct 2022, TheTyee.ca
‘You have to stay where the heat is,’ says the celebrated author about crafting story. She sets her new novel in the fevered 1800s.
The book stretches close to 800 generously overstuffed pages. It spills over with details of dress, scientific discoveries, slang (delicious stroppy slang), and all the large-scale action of the 19th century, a period of a staggering change.