historical fiction

Sara Donati is my pen name. Rosina’s publications are primarily academic, nonfiction newspaper and magazine articles, and three novels. Homestead, the best known of those novels, won the PEN/Hemingway award.

Sara is the author of twelve historical novels set in the United States between 1790 and 1885.  Where the Light Enters,  most recently published, appeared in 2019 with Penguin/Berkley. Sara’s next novel, The Sweet Blue Distance, should be published in April 2024 with Penguin/Random House.

Questions about the novels, characters, plots, etc?  Please see the wiki.  Please feel free to get in touch more directly; I am always pleased to hear from readers, but I apologize in advance; keeping up with email is often beyond me.

Looking for posts about research and craft of fiction writing, including discussions of pov, dialogue, and all the other bits and pieces? You’ll find all that on my author weblog.

“Spellbinding… Captivating… The 752 pages were not enough. …But this novel is more than its setting: it also is an enthralling love story, a heartwarming celebration of human kindness, and a wonderfully convoluted world of characters whose destinies are left tantalizingly suspended.”

Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times

“Another meticulously researched period drama with dashes of mystery and romance … Page-turning and atmospheric.”

Kirkus Reviews

Three additional novels appear under Rosina’s name, including Homestead, which won the PEN/Hemingway award.


Updates and publication information are posted  on the Sara Donati page on FaceBook.