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Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones
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Jan 15, 2013

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I should have downloaded a sample before buying this book. I was a bit dismayed to find that it is an historical novel written in the present tense, like WOLF HALL, a book I tried to read but found it difficult to follow. We'll see.

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Sherry How is it going, Phyllis? Is the point of view working for you or not? POV was the hardest part for me in writing FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS. I originally wanted to tell the tale in first person, but since not all the sisters live until the end of the book, that seemed problematic. Telling everyone's tale from Marguerite's viewpoint might have worked -- she lived the longest -- but how would she have known intimate details that I needed to provide? I wanted a present-tense telling to lend a sense of immediacy to the story, hoping to plunge the reader into the scenes as if they were watching a movie. At any rate, I began writing before I read WOLF HALL, but when I revised I was careful to avoid some of Hilary Mantel's pitfalls, such as ambiguous references. I'd love to hear from you about whether you are enjoying FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS as written, and why or why not.

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