The Visionist

  • Thu
    Jul 17
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Mon
    Jul 21
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

The Visionist - Historical Fiction at its Finest

The VisionistMonica and Caroline welcomed debut novelist Rachel Urquhart to Writers' Voices July 17.  Her book, "The Visionist" was recently published by Little, Brown to much acclaim.  Set in 1842 during a time when young girls falling into trance states were revered as "Visionists", the story is told from multiple points of view and lays bare the struggles of the rural poor and the price paid to enjoy the relative prosperity of the Shaker communities where many sought refuge.

In this interview, Urquhart shares why the Shakers piqued her interest plus some of the details she uncovered in her research, the steps leading to her publishing success, and the influence of her grandfather, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for "Gone with the Wind" on her own writing.