Welcome to Judith Starkston’s website. Her debut novel Hand of Fire, set during the Trojan War, is available September 2014 (Fireship Press). Enjoy reviews of Hand of Fire, book club questions, the event calendar and an excerpt. You’ll also find historical background about this fascinating place and time, book reviews of reads you don’t want to miss and other on-going information from the historical fiction community.

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Weekly Roundup of History, Archaeology and Writing Wisdom Nov 8-22

News from the ASOR conference & my favorite posts around the web: Bruce Holsinger on historical fiction and truth, the earliest extant European “book”, 18th C selfies, treating PTSD via ancient Greek tragedy, & Amphipolis continued, the human remains.

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Review of A Day of Fire by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, Vicki Alvear Shecter

A Day of Fire is a collection of six interconnected stories set in Pompeii on the day Vesuvius blew up. The stories immerse us into a variety of strata of Roman life in this iconic city and build a rich palette of characters.

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