Natalie Wexler takes us back in time to a Baltimore we’d hardly recognize to discuss her newest title of historical fiction.
Baltimore 1807: Eliza Anderson, 26 years old, defies prevailing ideas about a woman’s proper place to become editor of the Observer, a magazine that blends serious commentary and satire. But while Eliza mocks her neighbors, someone in her household is observing her — and feeding scandalous information to her enemies.
Based on real events and incorporating excerpts from actual publications, The Observer sheds light on an era when the young nation was both insecure and feisty. At the same time, it spins a universal tale of forbidden ambition, frustrated love, and ultimately, hard-won empathy across boundaries of class and culture.
Natalie Wexler is the author of two previous novels, The Mother Daughter Show and the award-winning historical novel, A More Obedient Wife. She is the editor of the blogGreater Greater Education, which focuses on public education in Washington, D.C., and a reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She has also worked as a freelance writer and essayist, a newspaper reporter, a Supreme Court law clerk, a legal historian, and (briefly) an actual lawyer. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband.
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