Books by Suzannah Dunn

THE LADY OF MISRULE by Suzannah Dunn
Released: Jan. 15, 2016

"Fun, engaging prose enhances complex religious themes; a good novel for those already Elizabethan-era savvy."
An addition to the growing shelf of Tudor-era historical fiction explores the consequences a young queen faces after her brief reign. Read full book review >
THE MAY BRIDE by Suzannah Dunn
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Dunn embroiders a capable historical novel around the few known facts about Katherine Filliol, but non-Tudor obsessives may find her minute scrutiny of the Seymour marriage an overextended prologue to the more mainstream events."
"The tricky business of a man setting aside his wife" in a Tudor marriage prefigures coming events at the court of Henry VIII in the latest from six-wives chronicler Dunn (The Confession of Katherine Howard, 2011, etc.).Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2011

"A sexually charged version of history angled toward a Gossip Girl audience."
Queen Katherine's life of clothes, music and "constant partying" comes to an unpleasant end in Dunn's (The Queen's Sorrow, 2008, etc.) latest historical. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

Young British writer Dunn debuts with a collection of three stories and a novella exploring—with insight and empathy—the darker sides of suburbia. Taking as her setting the farther suburbs of London, which are close enough to that city for a day of shopping but far enough away to be surrounded by fields, Dunn tells stories of the lower middle class—a class edging up into the middle but still constrained by the need to measure out the smallest pleasures with care. A week's holiday spent in a Spanish pension is saved for all year; children's clothes are bought at rummage sales; and the possession of a car is luxury. The narrator of the title novella, a widowed secretary at a small local elementary school, becomes increasingly concerned with the well-being of her assistant Laura, whose two children are at the school. Laura lives in public housing, is withdrawn, and, unlike her flashy sister Cassie, seems to have been neglected by her mother. But as the narrator's suspicions of the childhood abuse of Laura increase, she learns that she herself has failed not only to understand what really happened, but has never appreciated the stifling psychological pressure that her late husband had exerted on her own daughter, Helen. The three stories describe the return home of a much disliked elder stepsister, nicknamed the ``Snow Queen,'' fleeing an unhappy marriage; a daughter attending her mother's 50th birthday party recalling her mother's unhappiness and depression while raising her and her siblings; and a pregnant middle-aged woman being driven to suicide by her elder daughter's powerful malevolence. First fiction from one of those rare contemporary writers who, by giving her characters' lives a certain integrity, makes their plight credible and not simply a lurid venture into suburban gothic. Promising. Read full book review >