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Kate Quinn (1) (1975–)

Autor(a) de The Alice Network

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About the Author

Kate Quinn was born and raised in southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor¿s and later a Master¿s degree in Classical Voice. She has always been a lifelong history buff. She put that love of history to work when she wrote four novels in the Empress of Rome mostrar mais Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance. She then moved on to the 20th century with "The Alice Network". (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Kate Quinn

The Alice Network (2017) 4,292 cópias
The Rose Code (2021) 2,016 cópias
The Huntress (2019) 1,931 cópias
The Diamond Eye (2022) 1,159 cópias
Mistress of Rome (2010) 874 cópias
Daughters of Rome (2011) 400 cópias
Empress of the Seven Hills (2012) 229 cópias
The Serpent and the Pearl (2013) 224 cópias
Ribbons of Scarlet (2019) 184 cópias
The Phoenix Crown (2024) 176 cópias
Signal Moon (2022) 159 cópias
Lady of the Eternal City (2015) 137 cópias
A Day of Fire (2014) 129 cópias
The Lion and the Rose (2014) 121 cópias
A Year of Ravens (2015) 58 cópias
A Song of War (2016) 39 cópias
The Three Fates (2015) 39 cópias
The Briar Club (2024) 26 cópias
The Tumbril 4 cópias

Associated Works

Songs of Blood and Gold — Contribuinte — 3 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Southern California, USA
Locais de residência
San Diego, California, USA
Maryland, USA
Boston University
historical novelist
Pamela Strickler
Kevan Lyon (Marshal Lyon Literary Agency)
Pequena biografia
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with "The Alice Network" and "The Huntress." All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.



The Alice Network is a piece of historical fiction, fascinating in its characterisation, satisfying as lost pieces of old puzzles slide into place, fun to watch alliances forming, romances brewing, and bad guys suffering. I really liked The Alice Network, and to discover that it is solidly grounded in truth made it even more likeable a book.
ahef1963 | outras 217 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Kate Quinn often writes books that are set during the World Wars, but "The Briar Club" takes place in 1950s D.C. In the author's note, Quinn talks about this as novel that was started during the pandemic when the world longed for community and connection. You can definitely feel that while reading it. Despite being set in a time of relative peace in America (the Korean war was going on at this time, but for most people it felt far away), there is no lack of suspense. This is the McCarthy era after all, and fear and suspicion is in the fabric of the country.

The novel is set in an all-female boarding house called Briarwood. The women who live there have different backgrounds, personalities, interests, and opinions, but they are all brought together by a new arrival to the house: Grace March. They don't always like each other, but they begin to form a community through their weekly dinners in Grace's small room.

The novel's framework is built around the Briarwood. The book begins from the perspective of the house, and is set four years in the future, where blood is on the walls and the police have come to take everyone's statement. The next chapter is from the perspective of someone in the house. Then we learn more from the Briarwood's perspective in the present. Then we get a chapter from another resident of the house, which gradually brings us to where the story began and we FINALLY learn what happened.

I'm not normally a fan of big cast stories, but this structure worked for me. I think the reason why it worked was because each person's story has a journey in their chapter. They grew, they learned, they changed, and their story had a satisfactory conclusion in that chapter. It was almost like having multiple short stories in one book that all built on each other and tied together.

Each of the characters experience different aspects of living in the 1950s, and Quinn does a great job showing a wide variety of lived realities. Kate Quinn novels are always full of romance, suspense, and history, and "The Briar Club" is no exception.
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caaleros | May 17, 2024 |
The market is flooded with WWII books, but The Diamond Eye reminded me that there are so many perspectives and stories to tell that are unique. While England was dealing with bombs being dropped on them, France was dealing with an occupation, and the Soviet Union was fighting against an invasion. For people in the USSR the war was deeply personal and directly impacted their daily lives. When Russia is invaded Lyudmila Pavlichenko signs up for the military. She’s a library researcher and single mother working on her degree, but she puts all of that aside to use her sharpshooter skills as a sniper. Mila makes a name for herself as “Lady Death” on the battlefield with 309 confirmed kills, but after getting injured she is sent to Washington D.C. to help convince the American people of the importance of assisting the USSR against the Hitler’s invading forces.

The story moves back and forth between Mila’s time on the battlefield and her visit to D.C. where more suspense and plots are underfoot. This nonlinear structure is a great way to build suspense between the times as we’re left in the dark about what happened in the past, but are slowly revealing what is happening in the present. Quinn highlights Mila’s unlikely friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and those interactions are a delight to read. I loved the layers to Mila’s character and how she had to be different roles for different people in her life.

A story about “Lady Death” is enough of a reason to pick up this book, but Kate Quinn’s storytelling alone is also a reason to give it a try. Quinn always writes great characters, suspense, romance, and her novels are well researched without getting bogged down with details. And to top that off she wraps everything up at the end in a way that makes me feel good. The Diamond Eye would be great for historical fiction fans, but it would also be a good pick for someone who is interested in getting into the genre.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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caaleros | outras 58 resenhas | May 17, 2024 |
Three very different women are brought together during WWII while working at Bletchley Park, a secret intelligence base in England where they broke codes to stay ahead of the Germans.

This is now my favorite Kate Quinn novel. Mab, Osla, and Beth were all so interesting and I enjoyed reading each of their stories; there wasn’t one that I wanted to skip to get to the other. Osla is a high class woman looking to prove that she's more than just a “ditsy deb” by joining the war effort. Her language skills find a purpose at Bletchley Park, but she’s always looking for something that will make her stand out. Mab is a tall working class woman looking to snag a husband. Unlike Osla, she is invested in each monotonous job she is given because she feels like she’s making a difference. Beth is the genius of the group, but her whole life she’s been told that she’s stupid. Working to break codes soon becomes her obsession and opens up a new world for her. By 1947 these friendships are in tatters, but the women reunite to break one more code to find out who betrayed them.

It’s difficult to process why I love this book so much-- 3-4 star books are easy to understand, but when a book completely captures me and leaves me on a book high it’s hard to put into words why. I think what really makes this book special is how Quinn balances the highs and lows in the lives of her characters. Historical fiction can often be pretty bleak, and there are certainly dark nights of the soul in this book, but it also has moments of great joy. Those moments of joy are what make the devastating moments worth reading. I also love that there’s a level of suspense as the book slowly reveals what happened to the characters during the war to get them to the places that they are as well as a need to catch the traitor who was in their midst. These things plus characters that came to life on the page are what make this book amazing to read.

The Rose Code is a fantastic historical fiction that is both character-driven and suspenseful. It highlights the work of code breakers, translators, and typists in the war effort while telling a thrilling and emotional story about these three women. It is a novel of friendship and betrayal, romance and heartbreak, and the isolation of secrets and the discovery of home.

*Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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caaleros | outras 99 resenhas | May 17, 2024 |



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