historical fiction

Sara Donati is the author of ten 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 Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi.*  Her next novel, Little Birds, should be published in 2023.

Questions about the novels, characters, plots, etc?  Please see the wiki.

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.