Jeanne Mackin

coming out in June

Jeanne Mackin is the author of several historical novels: The Sweet By and By (St. Martinís Press), based on the life of nineteenth century spiritualist Maggie Fox; Dreams of Empire (Kensington Books), a domestic comedy set in Napoleonic Egypt, The Queenís War (St. Martinís Press) a novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Courts of Love, and The Frenchwoman (St. Martinís Press), a romance set in revolutionary France and the Pennsylvania wilderness. Writing as Anna Maclean she is author of the Louisa May Alcott mystery trilogy (NAL). She is also the author of the Cornell Book of Herbs and Edible Flowers (Cornell University publications) and co-editor of The Norton Book of Love (W.W. Norton.)She was the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and her journalism has won awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, in Washington, D.C.

She teaches creative writing at Goddard College in Vermont, and has taught or conducted workshops in Pennsylvania, Hawaii and New York. She lives with her husband, artist and writer Steve Poleskie, in upstate New York.
Jeanne Mackin's luminous novel about Man Ray and his model-mistress Lee Miller evokes the iridescence of 1920s Paris when youth and artistic freedom and sexual excess were all that mattered. The Beautiful American, which readers will rank right up there with The Paris Wife, takes readers from the giddiness of the flapper era to the grittiness of World War II. It is a brilliant, beautifully written literary masterpiece. I love this book!

Sandra Dallas, New York Times best-selling author of Fallen Women

I read this novel in two sittings, eager to learn how the lives and love stories turned out...Before I realized it, I was swept up in Maggie and Helen's intersecting worlds...One of the book's many charms is how wisely it reveals the values and passions of two women from very different eras who, nonetheless, have everything in common. - Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife