ARIEL LAWHON is cofounder of the popular website SheReads.org. A novelist, blogger, and lifelong reader, she lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, four sons, and black lab--who is, thankfully, a girl.
"[Lawhon's] effortless, eloquent prose transports the reader via a
dramatic, suspenseful and satisfying work of historical
fiction...Lawhon brilliantly employs an inventive and non-linear
dual narrative to tell the tale of how Anastasia would become Anna
Anderson, or, perhaps, how Anna became Anastasia....In the end,
what Lawhon does so convincingly is shake up our notion of
identity. And not just that of Anastasia and Anna. Are we who we
say we are, or who others believe us to be? It's a question that
lingers long after the final page."
"I Was Anastasia is a wild train trip through time. The doors swish open here, then there, scenes sometimes racing by, sometimes drifting far into the mysterious lives of Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson. Every view is tantalizing, surprising, compelling, and utterly fascinating. Ariel Lawhon unfolds a complicated story with skill, style, and compassion."
-Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
"A young Tsarina traveling towards tragedy and an aging Grand Duchess penniless and betrayed. Twin stories so gripping you will believe history itself can be rewritten. Told with masterful intensity and moments of true human compassion."
-Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Before the War
"Ariel Lawhon is a masterful storyteller; I Was Anastasia is a wild ride, extravagant with its vivid sensory experiences and page turning suspense. Inspired by history, and infused with imagination and intrigue, this novel satisfies with every twist and turn. I was both captivated and enchanted; I will carry this story-from its beguiling opening to its catch-my-breath ending - in my heart and imagination for a long, long while."
-Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and The Bookshop at Water's End
"The fate of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, youngest daughter of the last Tsar, is an old mystery that never gets old. In the hands of Ariel Lawhon, it springs to life again, challenging everything we believe about what we remember and who we are. Was Anna Anderson really the only survivor of the Romanovs or was she a persistent fraud? Somehow, Lawhon, a masterly writer, not only leads her readers to ponder this riddle, but to care about it as well. This is a deft and deeply moving saga."
-Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
"I don't know what's most impressive about I Was Anastasia: the wildly inventive structure, the ferocious heroine (or is it two?), or the dark, twisted questions it raises about the stories we tell-both to others and to ourselves. Ariel Lawhon has written a gorgeous, haunting puzzle of a book that will grip you until the final page."
-Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar Temptress Soldier Spy