Books by Lynn Cullen

TWAIN'S END by Lynn Cullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A more nuanced character would have strengthened this sad story of futile, desperate love."
Mark Twain's dark side. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. WASHINGTON by Lynn Cullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"This collaboration's clever epistolary narrative and playful pictures present a fresh, remarkably humanizing view of our first president. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Gilbert Stuart, George Washington's portraitist, had 12 children and fretted about his famous subject's unsmiling mien. These details inspire Cullen's story of three rambunctious siblings: Charlotte, James and Baby John Stuart. Read full book review >
MRS. POE by Lynn Cullen
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The narrative might have been more interesting had the author focused on the relationship between the title character and her husband."
Edgar Allan Poe, master of the gothic tale, becomes shrouded in even more gloom in Cullen's (Reign of Madness, 2011, etc.) insipid historical novel about his relationship with fellow author Frances Sargent Locke Osgood. Read full book review >
REIGN OF MADNESS by Lynn Cullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Although the outcome is known, the suspense never waivers."
Cullen's second historical novel about Renaissance-era Spanish royals, this time concerning the "Mad Queen," Juana La Loca. Read full book review >
THE CREATION OF EVE by Lynn Cullen
Released: March 1, 2010

"Covering little more than a third of Sofi's life, this love-obsessed narrative leaves plenty of room for a sequel, but no one's likely to be terribly interested unless it offers a more three-dimensional portrait of the artist."
YA author Cullen's foray into adult fiction features a groundbreaking female Renaissance painter but doesn't give her much to do. Read full book review >
I AM REMBRANDT’S DAUGHTER by Lynn Cullen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2007

"Cullen uses several of Rembrandt's paintings in effective ways to tether the story, even though her fictional climax has no historical basis. (author's note, character list, list of paintings) (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Told in the first person, the tale of Cornelia is achingly familiar: She's a girl child in her mid-teens, angry, passionate, hungry both literally and figuratively and ignored by her distracted but brilliant parent, the great painter Rembrandt. Read full book review >
MOI AND MARIE ANTOINETTE by Lynn Cullen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Will appeal to those who love princess stories and can understand that money, jewels and fancy clothes don't necessarily bring happiness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Such resolute cutesiness can have a dreary effect, which, alas, is true in this view of the doomed French queen as observed by her pug dog. Read full book review >
LITTLE SCRAGGLY HAIR by Lynn Cullen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Another refreshing take on the biblical story, less religious, more human nature. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Retelling the tale "Why Dogs Have Wet Noses" from the dog's perspective, Cullen sets the story in America and uses Appalachian dialect recorded by Richard Chase. Read full book review >
NELLY IN THE WILDERNESS by Lynn Cullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Pleasant but unsubstantial fare. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a story that spans the four seasons of 1821, 12-year-old Nelly and her older brother, Cornelius, see their family devastated by the death of their mother, turned topsy-turvy by the arrival of their young and bookish stepmother, and enlivened by visits from a most peculiar John Chapman, a neighbor fond of planting apple trees. Read full book review >
THE THREE LIVES OF HARRIS HARPER by Lynn Cullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1996

"He's stuck in a well- worn plot, though, where Cullen (The Backyard Ghost, 1993, etc.) surrounds him with little more than cardboard characters; readers will smell the set-up before he does. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Harris, 12, has a summer job baby-sitting preschooler Jamey Benya, who is a handful. Read full book review >
THE BACKYARD GHOST by Lynn Cullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1993

When Eleanor's family moves from Marietta to Decatur, Georgia, it's popularity panic. Read full book review >