PRAISE FOR THE BEE & THE FLY "An enchanting flight of fancy." -Foreword ReviewsIn a remarkably convincing rendering, The Bee and the Fly imagines a twenty-five year correspondence between two ground-breaking 19th century authors. This novel brilliantly captures the contrasting personalities and distinctive writing cadences of both Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson. Those already well-acquainted with the biographies of these two remarkable women will find few historical inaccuracies in this meticulously-researched novel. Those less familiar will be captivated by the revelations of their experiences and insightful reflections. Either way, you'll come away feeling as if you've just spent a few engaging hours reminiscing with dearly cherished friends." –Amy Belding Brown, author of Emily's House, Flight of the Sparrow and Mr. Emerson's Wife"Lorraine Tosiello and Jane Cavolina perfectly embody the voices of Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson through letters between these two world-famous writers. The exquisite writing and intimate details immersed me into the lives of Alcott and Dickinson, leading me to fantasize that the correspondence actually occurred. Don't rush through this book - savor every moment." –Susan Bailey, curator, Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion website"The most delicious literary conceit imaginable - two giants of American nineteenth century women's literature, strangers in real life, begin a secret correspondence that turns into a friendship that turns into a sisterhood. The voice of each rings strong and clear, and whether you're already a fan of one, or both, a historian, a literary detective, or simply someone who cherishes her friends, you are sure to find something to delight you in this thorough treat of a book. Delicious!" –Gabrielle Donnelly, author of The Little Women Letters
PRAISE FOR ONLY GOSSIP PROSPERS"In my opinion, no one fiction author has captured Louisa more completely than Tosiello."
Susan Bailey, author of "Louisa May Alcott Illuminated by the Message" and "River of Grace"
"...Only Gossip Prospers is a rich trove of information for literary scholars interested in Alcott's complicated relationship with fame, as well as social historians concerned with the literary scene of New York City in the last quarter of the nineteenth century."
Martina Mastadrea, Italian Americana (June 2020)
"An excellent, authentic-feeling portrait of LMA's life, post Little Women."
In the Bookcase
"Beautiful combination of fact and fiction depicting the life of LMA."