Janet Fitch, author and teacher of fiction writing, sat to chat at the Festival of Books about her novel "The Revolution of Marina M," a story about a poet coming of age during the Russian Revolution. She also revealed a bit about her own coming of age as a young reader and scholar.
“When I was a child, in English class, they would give the boys ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,’ and they would give the girls books like ‘Cherry Ames, Student Nurse.’ I was a terrific reader, and that was not going to do.”
Writing a novel rooted in history also made Fitch more aware of our place in time.
“It becomes more pressing — what it is to live in history. And you’re always looking for clues as to how things will turn out,” she said.