Cupids, NaGeira, and Easton, by Paul Butler

This is a thoughtful and interesting review of three of my books — Easton, NaGeira and Cupids — by acclaimed writer Trudy Morgan Cole, author of (among other fine works) The Violent Friendship Of Esther Johnson (the friendship is with Jonathan Swift).

Compulsive Overreader

butlerbooksThese are three separate books, not a series or anything (in fact, they can’t really take place in the same fictional universe, since the events of Sheila Na’Geira’s life as narrated in Easton seem to contradict what happens in NaGeira, so they are clearly distinct stories). But I read them all in fairly quick succession over the last couple of weeks, which is why I’m reviewing them together. They are all set in the early 1600s, focusing on historical and/or legendary characters who have cast long shadows over Newfoundland’s early history — the colonizer John Guy, the pirate Peter Easton, and the Irish “princess” Sheila Na’Geira. Butler’s writing is vivid, fluent, and filled with wonderful period detail, bringing these historical names and legends to life in a series of revealing snapshots.

I say “snapshot” because each of these is a short book, dealing with only a narrow slice in…

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