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I'm a medievalist at Sacramento State University, and I also teach children's literature. My modernized retelling of the Canterbury Tales is called Sometimes We Tell the Truth. You don't have to know anything about Chaucer to enjoy the story, and if you know the Canterbury Tales, you'll see the novel on a whole other level. I hope you'll like it!

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Kim Zarins I'm so glad you enjoyed SOMETIMES WE TELL THE TRUTH! Yes, I definitely hope to keep writing YA. When I have some good news to share, I'll post somethi…moreI'm so glad you enjoyed SOMETIMES WE TELL THE TRUTH! Yes, I definitely hope to keep writing YA. When I have some good news to share, I'll post something on Goodreads (well, I'll post it everywhere, to be honest!). Thanks again for your kind words. :)(less)
Kim Zarins Thanks for writing, Mariah! The answer is YES, I am working on a medieval-era manuscript as we speak. Ah, I've been meaning to read The Mere Wife. You…moreThanks for writing, Mariah! The answer is YES, I am working on a medieval-era manuscript as we speak. Ah, I've been meaning to read The Mere Wife. You might also enjoy Madeline Miller's Shield of Achilles and Circe--they're classical, not medieval, but absolutely stellar. I hope you enjoy Sometimes We Tell the Truth--I had such fun with the modern setting, and yet it's haunting how all the heavy themes are right there in the original medieval text.(less)
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new Chaucer article published

I just published a new online article on Chaucer's Pardoner. If you love Chaucer and/or you wanted to know about some of the research I did when I wrote my character Pard, you might want to check it out. It's free to download, no account required, and open to anyone.

http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessu...

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Kim Zarins Abigail H. wrote: "Thank you for accepting my friend request!"

My pleasure--always nice connecting with a fan of Norse mythology and medieval literature in general! :)


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