Elizabeth J. Sparrow
Elizabeth J. Sparrow is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of Hunter College and New York University. She rarely writes about what she knows because there’s no fun in that. "Story-telling is about discovery and creating characters that behave willfully despite your earnest efforts to wrangle them into a cohesive narrative." Her two most compelling literary influences are the prose and poetry of Freddy the Pig and the blessed incantations and benzedrine-infused inspiration of Jack Kerouac.
Press and Media Mentions
- "Once you start this novel, be prepared not to put it back down! I found The Irish Tempest to be a beautiful and well-written tale of friendship, revenge, love and betrayal. It's simply addictive and truly fascinating..." San Francisco Book Review "The fates of two families mesh with Ireland's struggle for independence in this debut novel. Using several historical events and a large socially diverse cast means that Sparrow must keep multiple plates spinning, and some plotlines and characters feel underdeveloped. Yet the author finds emotional resonance when her players intersect with history..." Kirkus Reviews "The Irish Tempest" reveals author Elizabeth J. Sparrow as having a genuine flair for deftly creating memorable characters and a riveting storyline that fully engages the reader's attention from beginning to end. Midwest Book Review, February 2017
- Critic's Report – The Booklife Prize in Fiction Title: The Irish Tempest Author: Elizabeth J. Sparrow Genre: Fiction/General Fiction (including literary and historical) Audience: Adult Word Count: 87,335 Assessment: Sparrow's novel about two aristocratic families coping with World War I and the Irish War of Independence is expertly plotted and features well drawn characters and solid prose. The female protagonist, Lacey, is a headstrong heroine, but nonetheless nuanced. She’s equally drawn to a family friend 10 years her senior and a street-tough orphan closer in age. Both could be described as bad boys, a choice guaranteed to heat up the sex scenes. Score: • Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10 • Originality: 8 out of 10 • Prose: 8 out of 10 • Character/Execution: 8 out of 10 • Overall: 8.25 out of 10