Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everyone is (accidentally) queer – Part 3

Part 1 – Frederica herself Part 2 – Alverstoke and his foils So far Georgette Heyer’s Frederica has revealed a wonderful, albeit unintentional, abundance of asexual and aromantic characters. Hold on to your hats, my dears, there’s more. Chloe Dauntry, for one. Chloe is nearly seventeen, daughter of Alverstoke’s deceased brother, …

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 2

Last week I talked about Frederica Merrivale, an ace-aro woman who is, at least nominally, the protagonist of the book named after her. (I say nominally because, as so often happens in romances, at least, those written by Georgette Heyer, the narrative focus slips back and forth between the female …

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 1

A few weeks ago, desperately in need of a comfort (re)read, I picked up Frederica by Georgette Heyer. I soon realized that this was not the book I remembered. Regency romances – older Regency romances, at any rate – are desperately straight: no matter how dear her best friend is …

Elena Vanishing by Clare B. Dunkle and Elena Dunkle: A Review

Hardcover, 288 pages Published May 19th 2015 by Chronicle Books Source: Raincoast Books Nafiza: It is a curious experience to read Elena Vanishing after reading Hope and Other Luxuries. A few years ago, I returned to Fiji after a decade and when perusing the city, the buildings, the sugarcane fields, …

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett versus The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

The Humming Room Hardcover, 192 pages Published February 28th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Personal Copy The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was first published in serial format before being collected as a novel in 1911. Though not initially popular, The Secret Garden rose in the ranks of literature for children in …