Her latest novel is The Painted Girls.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Buchanan's reply:
I’m reading Geraldine Brooks’s latest. In Caleb’s Crossing, she takes the scant known facts about the first American Indian to graduate from Harvard (1665) and creates a rich, complex story with a reverence for learning at its core. It’s written as the confessional diary of Bethia Mayfield. The beautiful, convincing account follows her journey from girlhood to womanhood and Caleb’s from “savage” to scholar.Visit Cathy Marie Buchanan's website.
I’m also reading John Wyndham’s The Chrysalides (Re-birth in the US) aloud with my fourteen-year-old son. It’s my first reading of this wise, riveting post-nuclear holocaust tale of a community seeking to restore the genetic purity of the “true image” and a group of “deviants” persecuted for a mutation that allows them to communicate telepathically. Reading to my sons had long been one of life’s greatest pleasures.
The Page 69 Test: The Painted Girls.
My Book, The Movie: The Painted Girls.