The past comes alive on the page

In 1850s Manhattan, 18-year-old Georgiana Cartwright witnesses the downfall of her father, a renowned actor who performs drunk and then deserts the family. Georgie makes her way onto the stage, excelling at cross-dressing breeches roles. Unwanted sexual advances threaten to derail her career, but Georgie perseveres to find success—and love—on her own terms.

“Grounded in the nitty-gritties of 19th-century theatrical life, Dear Miss Cushman is a sparkling coming-of-age story about the roles free spirits shape for themselves, both on and off stage. Credible, engrossing, entertaining stuff.”—Emma Donoghue, award-winning author of Room, The Wonder (Netflix film coming 2022), and The Pull of the Stars

Coming December 7, 2021 from Bywater Books 

Available for pre-order at Bookshop or your favorite bookseller!

At a women’s college in rural Virginia in 1960, a history professor who has hidden her sexuality faces an investigation into her private life that threatens her career.

Now available at bookstores everywhere!

“Paula Martinac’s Testimony, vividly imagined and remarkably researched, shines a light on queer lives that have been forgotten by history. The prose is vivid and intelligent, and the characters are rich and complex. A deeply compelling novel that I couldn’t put down.”—Carter Sickels, author of The Prettiest Star

Order at Bywater Books, from your favorite bookseller, or Indiebound.org.