Join author Allison Pataki in conversation with author Annabel Monaghan for a discussion of her new book Finding Margaret Fuller, a captivating novel that tells the larger than-life story of a woman whose brilliance stands out among the rest, and like Pataki’s other subjects, changed the course of history: Margaret Fuller, “America’s Most Well-Read Person,” inspiring feminist, pioneering journalist, and the nation’s forgotten leading lady of the Transcendentalist movement.
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About the Book
Multiple New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki is known for her epic reimaginings of history’s most fascinating and fearless women, from empresses to self-made millionaires, her writing has been praised as “impeccably researched” (Publishers Weekly) and “deeply moving” (BookPage). On the heels of her recent success, The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post (180k+ copies sold), her captivating novel, FINDING MARGARET FULLER (On Sale 3/19/24; Ballantine), tells the largerthan-life story of a woman whose brilliance stands out among the rest, and like Pataki’s other subjects, changed the course of history: Margaret Fuller, “America’s Most Well-Read Person,” inspiring feminist, pioneering journalist, and the nation’s forgotten leading lady of the Transcendentalist movement.
In 1836, when young, brazen, beautiful, and unapologetically brilliant Margaret Fuller accepts an invitation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, the celebrated “Sage of Concord,” to stay in Concord, MA, she finds her intellectual equals among his coterie of enlightened friends. She becomes a role model to young Louisa May Alcott, an inspiration to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character of Hester Prynne and the scandalous Scarlet Letter, a friend to Henry David Thoreau as he ventures into the woods of Walden Pond…and a muse to Emerson himself. But as love triangles and interpersonal drama threaten her ambitions, Margaret finds her restless soul in need of new challenges and adventure and decides she must venture into the broader world.
And so she charts a singular course against a backdrop of dizzying historical drama: From Boston, where she hosts a women-only literary salon for students like Elizabeth Cady Stanton; to Harvard’s campus, where she is the first woman permitted to study within its walls; to her role as the first female foreign news correspondent, mingling with luminaries like Frederic Chopin; and to Rome where she finds a world of passion, romance, and revolution, taking a Roman count as a lover amid a revolution that would result in Italy’s unification.
With a star-studded cast and epic sweep of historical events, this is a story of an inspiring trailblazer, a woman who loved big and lived even bigger—a fierce adventurer who transcended the rigid roles ascribed to women, and changed history for millions, all on her own terms.
About Allison Pataki
Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of FINDING MARGARET FULLER, THE MAGNIFICENT LIVES OF MARJORIE POST, THE QUEEN’S FORTUNE, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS, SISI: EMPRESS ON HER OWN, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS, as well as the nonfiction memoir BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES and two children’s books, NELLY TAKES NEW YORK and POPPY TAKES PARIS. Allison’s novels have been translated into twenty languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Allison graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years in journalism before switching to fiction writing. A member of The Historical Novel Society, Allison lives in New York with her husband and family.
About Annabel Monaghan
Annabel Monaghan is the bestselling author of SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER and NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT. She is also the author of two novels for young adults, A Girl Named Digit and Double Digit.