I originally put up this website to support my historical novel, Leaving Van Gogh, which was published in April 2011 in hardcover. But in a strange turn of events, a book I co-authored back in the 1980s has been reprinted, so here we are again: if you’re looking for information about To Marry an English Lord, you’ve come to the right place! Look for public appearances on the “Appearances” tab. (I’m now represented by the Workman Speakers Bureau.) And you can order this delightful book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound. Here’s the gorgeous new cover:
Leaving Van Gogh turns up on the 2011 Top Staff Picks of The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Here’s a nice review from the Washington Times: Corinna Lothar says, “Miss Wallace has done remarkable research, and her portraits of the doctor, his children and the van Gogh family – Vincent, Theo and Theo’s wife, Joanna – are drawn in exquisite detail. ‘Leaving Van Gogh’ is based on fact, but it is, in the end, a novel, a fascinating and moving one, told with rich detail.”
Praise from an unexpected source: The Banner is the official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. The reviewer say LVG “realistically portrays moral choices that have life-changing consequences.”
Kelly Konrad of makeitbetter.net includes LVG in a select group of summer reads. I’m flattered to be on the same list as Room and Bossypants!
Sarah Joyce on Loving Books weighs in. I do love book bloggers, don’t you?
Here’s a fun blog post; five novels about art, including LVG, of course. By Jean Graham on nj.com.
Cindy Conger of the Lincoln (NE) Journal Star liked Leaving Van Gogh.
Jennifer Donovan of 5MinutesforBooks calls Leaving Van Gogh “fantastic!” Oh, OK, I’ll go on: she also says, “I’ve come to terms with the fact that they can’t all be 5-Star Reads, but Leaving Van Gogh definitely is. Carol Wallace put me in Auvers in 1890. I felt as if I were there, or at the very least, reading Gachet’s own words and not a novelist’s interpretation of them. I knew how Vincent Van Gogh’s story ends, but Wallace’s storytelling had me poring over every detail and scene, wondering what would happen next.”
Excellent review from Brian Boucher in Art in America. He said, “Wallace’s story brings the artist to life as a man tragically aware in his lucid moments of the untreatable nature of his illness.” (Pretty sure this is the only time I will keep company with Jim Carroll.)
Those clever Satellite Sisters include LVG in the Best Beachbag Books roundup.
Another positive blog review from Bookin’ It — also on LibraryThing. Amanda Pape calls Leaving Van Gogh “fascinating” and “beautifully written,” and provides wonderful links. Very impressive!
Writers Read reveals the confused state of my night table. It’s possible that there are three people residing in my head. That would explain a lot.
Leaving Van Gogh on the Van Gogh Gallery blog.
New review on the book blog curledup.com. Michael Leonard says LVG is “compelling” and “bathed in color and light.”
Here’s a Q&A on a NYC arts blog called hyperallergic.com, written by the lovely and intelligent (and Dutch!) Merel van Beeren.
A chat with Alexandra Cheney of the Wall Street Journal yielded this nice piece.
Review from Associated Press: “The intriguing novel Leaving Van Gogh...” Douglass K. Daniel goes on to refer to “sublime prose.”
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Susan Salter Reynolds calls Leaving Van Gogh a “riveting fictional memoir” and “truly delightful — not cute or flowery or simplistic in its effort to illuminate the life of the luminous man.”