Her new novel is The Stockholm Octavo.
Recently I asked Engelmann about what she was reading. Her reply:
I’m a sporadic reader, which means that I may go for days or even a week without a book, take forever to finish a complex work, or devour several in a rush. It’s been a dry spell (mostly due to no electricity in the aftermath of Superstrom Sandy) but I am now a quarter into a historical novel, Noon at Tiffany’s. This just came out, and author Echo Heron is a friend whose work I admire. It is the story of Clara Wolcott Driscoll, a gifted artist working in the shadow of Louis Tiffany at the end of the 19th century. Clara’s genius becomes Tiffany’s triumph and financial success — a secret hidden until 2007 with the discovery of a large cache of letters. I worked in design and illustration for many years, so I can relate to the life of the hired pen. And because equal pay for equal work is still an issue, Clara’s story has significance far beyond that of a fascinating narrative. I love seeing how Echo solves the many challenges of historical fiction: blending fact with imagination, transporting us completely to another time, and creating a world with significance to contemporary readers.Visit Karen Engelmann's website.