On the Power and Purpose of Historical Fiction ‹ Literary Hub

History, like our memories, gets rewritten with each retelling, gets reshaped by the consciousness of each generation. We bend and frame historical facts to justify wars, exploitation, revenge. Or to evoke patriotic resistance, heroism, and the will to survive.

Writers and poets, too, have done it for centuries.

I pick and choose the stories I tell, which in itself is an act of bending. I choose stories that reveal something fundamental to me, a 21st-century woman of my experience and sensitivity. I have no illusion that mine is the ultimate truth. Others will come up with a different story.

On the Power and Purpose of Historical Fiction ‹ Literary Hub

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