Why This Romance Writer Decided to Tackle the American Civil War, After All 

It’s 1862, and Elle Burns is not what she seems. Ostensibly a slave working in a Confederate senator’s Richmond home, she’s actually a plant gathering intel to aid the Union cause—when she encounters Malcolm McCall, another spy, a dashing Scotsman by way of Kentucky, who simultaneously infuriates and interests her.

In The Wonder, Emma Donoghue Explores the Historical Phenomenon of the 'Fasting Girls' 

Though Emma Donoghue is likely best known for Room, her 2010 best-selling novel turned film, she more commonly writes historical fiction, raiding archives for odd and violent histories, particularly the lives of long dead women and children. With her latest novel, The Wonder, Donoghue has returned to this familiar…