Happy Friday, all!
I’ve been deep in the research cave this week (so much Hamilton and Burr!), but I did pop my head out of the 18th century to visit with the Mitford sisters in Marie Benedict’s upcoming The Mitford Affair, which explores Diana’s and Unity’s plunge into fascism and its reverberations across their family, especially for the brilliant but brittle Nancy.
As those of you here know, I’ve long been a huge Mitford fan (I remember the thrill of getting my hands on a photocopied contraband copy of Wigs on the Green back before it was back in print!), and so it is particularly fascinating getting to see their personal and political dramas play out on the page in the fraught atmosphere of the 1930s, when the British aristocracy was dabbling in fascism and Winston Churchill’s was a voice in the wilderness warning about the Nazis.
In other news, The Lost Summers of Newport tour dates are (mostly) up! You can find the list over on my Events page. We’ll be visiting Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, and Arizona– and there are still more events in the works!
What have you been reading this week?