The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Masterful. Incredibly well-crafted series of nested narratives that simultaneously did a deep dive into Dracula lore and sucked me into a single family’s generations-long saga. Just…wow. So well done.
Three things I learned about writing:
- You can use flashbacks to cover over narrative time that would otherwise be boring, like train (or plane) travel
- To make an old myth feel fresh, look for the side that's not usually given a starring role (like the Turkish side of the Dracula legend), and explore it.
- Journals and letters are a great way to both nest stories, and keep each story personal, told by the person that lived it