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Bruce Holsinger

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Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and scholar of medieval literature who teaches at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His first two novels, A BURNABLE BOOK and THE INVENTION OF FIRE, are set in and around medieval London, where the poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower spent much of their lives. His third novel, THE GIFTED SCHOOL, will appear from Riverhead Books in summer 2019.

He is also the author or editor of six nonfiction books on medieval literature and culture, and he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Bruce Holsinger My third novel will be a contemporary family drama set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado. Title: THE GIFTED SCHOOL, out in July 2019 from Riv…moreMy third novel will be a contemporary family drama set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado. Title: THE GIFTED SCHOOL, out in July 2019 from Riverhead/Penguin Random House.(less)
Bruce Holsinger Thanks for the kind words, Manoushka. Ah, Simon Gower! I've had lots of questions about him. He makes an important appearance in "The Invention of Fir…moreThanks for the kind words, Manoushka. Ah, Simon Gower! I've had lots of questions about him. He makes an important appearance in "The Invention of Fire" (no spoilers)...and that's all I'll say at the moment. I'll tell you that the relationship between Gower and his son is one I've thought about a lot--it represents Gower's only familiar connection, as his friendship with Chaucer is a much more consistent part of his emotional life, I suppose. Glad you were provoked to answer the question, though!(less)
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Thank you Susan! I hope you like my historicals, which are very different sorts of books--but let me know your reaction if you get a chance to read them.
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Thanks so much for the kind words, Heather, and for the great question. With that project (called "The Great Displacement" in the novel), I wanted to address the larger national story around the aftermath of Luna. The main narrative follows one famil See Full Answer
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“Insidious, these false versions of superiority and ease we project onto other families: how often they blind us to the surer comforts of our own.”
Bruce Holsinger, The Gifted School

“You must convince your readers that your characters are flesh and blood rather than words on dead skin, that their loves and hatreds and passions are as deep and present as the readers' own. Your task is to delight, to pleasure, to lift your reader to another sphere of being and then strand him there, floating above the earth and panting for more lines.”
Bruce Holsinger, A Burnable Book

“A blessing, to know the talents and limitations of those closest to you, what they’re capable of and what they aren’t. One kind of friend who will spend hours sifting through your psyche; another who will sacrifice half a day to scrubbing your toilets.”
Bruce Holsinger, The Gifted School

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