Susan Storer Clark

Susan Storer Clark

Susan Storer Clark has written for the Washington Independent Review of Books since its inception. Her historical novel, The Monk Woman’s Daughter, was a finalist in the Nancy Pearl contest for literary fiction, and was named a favorite in historical fiction in the New York City Big Book award competition. She is currently at work on a second novel. Susan is a former broadcast journalist who wrote and reported for the Voice of America and for WRC-TV. She holds degrees in history from Rhodes College and King’s College London. She blogs about history, historical fiction, and writing at www.historymuse.us. Susan and her husband, Rich, live in the Seattle area, where they have renovated an old farmhouse, and where she plays bass guitar with the band Learning to Fly.


43 entries by Susan Storer Clark

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Greek to Me

By Mary Norris

Greek to Me

An intrepid copyeditor offers up a Valentine to the birthplace of democracy.

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Alone Time

By Stephanie Rosenbloom

Alone Time

A veteran travel writer celebrates the joy of going solo.

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

An intrepid copyeditor offers up a Valentine to the birthplace of democracy.

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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

A veteran travel writer celebrates the joy of going solo.

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Where We Lived: Essays on Places

The Pulitzer-winning critic offers gently meditative, sometimes humorous recollections of the locales he’s called home.

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An Interview with Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

The genre-spanning writer talks renegade old ladies, Sweden's safety net, and the joy of laughing out loud at her own work.

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

The bestselling memoir of poor, working-class whites is an entertaining and insightful read

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An Interview with Deborah Levy

The Booker-nominated novelist, poet, and playwright discusses her latest work, Hot Milk.

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An Interview with Irene Pollin

The matriarch of Washington, DC, pro sports talks about her new memoir, Irene & Abe.

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An Interview with Erik Axl Sund

A conversation with the two-man team behind one of Sweden’s most popular new works of crime fiction.

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Authors on Audio: A Chat with Clinton L. Romesha

An occasional series in which writers speak for themselves.

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An Interview with Libby Cudmore

The first-time novelist discusses Brooklyn, the writing process, and the magic of mix tapes.

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Authors on Audio: A Chat with Carrie Brown

An occasional series in which writers speak for themselves.

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An Interview with Lauren Fox

Among other things, the author discusses her latest novel’s protagonist, a woman who has a “vexed relationship with Jewishness.”

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Authors on Audio: a Chat with Rebecca Dinerstein

An occasional series in which authors speak for themselves.

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An Interview with Dorothy U. Seyler

The professor/author discusses a little-known Brit’s quest to save some of antiquity’s seminal treasures.

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Authors on Audio: A Chat with John Boyne

An occasional series in which writers speak for themselves.

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An Interview with Alice Simpson

A visual artist describes how her story leapt out of pictures and onto the page.

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An Interview with Katy Simpson Smith

The novelist discusses history, research, and bringing the past to life.

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Don’t Forget Me, Bro: A Novel

By John Michael Cummings

Don’t Forget Me, Bro: A Novel

This gritty, graceful tale explores the eternal question of whether we can — or should — go home again.

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An Interview with Lynn Chandler Willis

In the author’s latest whodunit, a real-life Texas town hosts a cast of colorful fictional characters.

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Friendswood: A Novel

By René Steinke

Friendswood: A Novel

Welcome to a pleasant Texas town with some dirty secrets.

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An Interview with Lisa O’Donnell

The award-winning author discusses her latest novel, Closed Doors, a family story set on a small Scottish island where everyone knows everything about everybody.

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Poisoned Ground

Sandra Parshall

Poisoned Ground

Big money and murder come to rural Virginia in Sandra Parshall’s latest mystery.

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After I’m Gone

Laura Lippman

After I’m Gone

More than a murder mystery, this complex tale shows the impact of a Baltimore bookmaker’s disappearance on the lives of his wife, daughters, and mistress.

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Interview with Joe Cipriano and Ann Cipriano

Who is that talking? Whose mellifluous baritone is setting the tone for our evening television viewing?

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Interview with Jennifer Close

She worked in New York in magazines for many years and now lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches creative writing at George Washington University.

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The Legend of Broken

A novel that combines elements of speculative history and fantasy to tell an epic tale centered on the fictional kingdom of Broken.

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Sandra Parshall

Bleeding Through

A murdered law student, an unexpected visit and the parallel relationships between two sets of sisters set the scene for the fifth Rachel Goddard mystery.

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Laura Lippman

And When She Was Good

This latest crime story from the prize-winning creator of detective Tess Monaghan introduces a red-headed lobbyist who leads a double life.

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Padgett Powell

You & Me: A Novel

In a set-up that brings to mind “Waiting for Godot,” the aimless prattle of two modern dudes feels like hanging out with witty friends.

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Richard C. Morais

Buddhaland Brooklyn

“The life of a man is like a ball in the river, the Buddhist texts state — no matter what our will wants or desires we are swept along by an invisible current that finally delivers us to the limitless expanse of the black sea.”

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Ami McKay

The Virgin Cure

Like Stephen Crane’s Maggie, this novel set in the Bowery of Manhattan examines the horrors and hopes of the poor young women sold into sexual slavery in the 1870s.

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Christopher Moore

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art

The author’s latest novel takes on art history as a young painter works with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to investigate Vincent van Gogh’s apparent suicide and the mystery of the color blue.

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Richard Zacks

Island of Vice and More Powerful Than Dynamite

New York City takes a central role in two historical accounts dealing with vice and anarchy at the turn of the 20th century.

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Thomas Mullen

The Revisionists

The gripping tale of four Washington D.C., citizens in a dystopic world struggling to preserve mankind’s true past — even those events that have torn us apart.

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Terry Pratchett

Snuff: A Novel Of Discworld

In a fantasy world of werewolves, gnomes and vampires, a police officer sets out to seek justice for the death of persecuted goblins.

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Lloyd Jones

Hand Me Down World: A Novel

In this nuanced and beautifully written novel, a large cast of characters aids a young African woman in her search across Europe to reclaim her child.

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Jamil Ahmad

The Wandering Falcon

A debut collection of linked stories present extremes of climate and culture in the remote border lands where Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran meet.

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Howard Jacobson

No More Mr. Nice Guy

From a prize-winning British novelist, a wildly funny romp with a sex-obsessed TV critic.

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Laura Lippman

The Most Dangerous Thing

From a master crime writer, a beautifully crafted tale of many-layered truth and the horror of human lies.

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Tom Carson

Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Daisy hoped for a beautiful, foolish daughter, but Pamela is a savvy, worldly woman, and not particularly beautiful.

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Ann Patchett

State of Wonder

From the author of Bel Canto, a mysterious pharmacological quest deep in the Amazon.