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Bee Ridgway grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Oberlin College (B.A.), then worked for a year as an editorial assistant at Elle magazine. She studied literature at Cornell University (M.A. and Ph.D.). She spent several years living in the U.K. during her studies. She has worked at Bryn Mawr College since 2001. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Below is a Q&A with this author.
1. If I had to describe my mood in one word, it would be:
Right now, this minute, with my book coming out in a few short weeks? I’m shivering with anticipation!
2. You might not know this about me, but I: Played the tuba in high school.
3. When I’m feeling down, I find that I’m always cheered up by: It depends on what kind of down. If I’m down/angry, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. His grumpiness always carries mine away. If I’m down/sorrowful, make me a cup of hot orange tea with honey, wrap me up in my granny’s wool afghan, and pop me in front of a comic Cary Grant movie.
4. Three things on my desk right now are: A magnetic paperclip holder in the shape of a lime green hedgehog (the clips become his quills), a bookstand with a copy of A Wrinkle in Time signed to me by L’Engle, a cup of coffee from last week that I haven’t brought downstairs to wash yet . . . yuck.
5. My favourite children’s book was: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. And about sixty other equally good ones.
6. If I could live in a book, that book would be: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
7. My most-watched movie would have to be: Singin’ in the Rain. It played every year in a double feature in my hometown cinema, alongside The Sound of Music. Talk about a sugar high! But honestly, Singin’ in the Rain has got to be one of the greatest movies of all time. “Whaddaya think I yam? Dumb or sumthin?”
8. If my house was on fire, the one thing I’d rescue would be: OK, I don’t want to tempt fate here because that is a big fear of mine – having my house burn down. So this is all in the realm of the imagination! Assuming all living creatures are safely outside, and my computer and music safely backed up, I would save the afghan and the quilt made by my grandmother.
9. My cooking speciality is: We are cooking fiends in my household. But right now, along with the rest of the world, we are obsessed with Yotam Ottolenghi. That man is some kind of angelic genius. We’ve been really grooving on his black pepper tofu recipe from Plenty. And no, I’m not a vegetarian. But that stuff is like crack cocaine.
10. I attribute my success so far most to: A sense of humor, Lady Luck, and the ability to keep a secret.
11. I know it’s a little weird, but I think: Gene Wilder is kind of sexy in Young Frankenstein
12. The person whose opinion matters most to me is: My own. I know that sounds arrogant, but I’ve really struggled to learn to like myself. When I am able to be proud of myself or pleased with something I’ve accomplished . . . well, it’s a great feeling.
13. If an unpublished writer asked me for advice, I’d tell them: Don’t write alone. Find someone who loves to read your work and who tells you what’s great about it, what works, what makes them happy. Always work from the growing edge of positive reinforcement.
14. The one thing I wish I’d known 10 years ago is: You’re sexy if you’re happy.
15. The best advice I ever got was: I have had so much fantastic advice in my life, and have been blessed with such generous mentors. But last week I had the pleasure of seeing Patti Smith talk to a group of undergraduates at Bryn Mawr College, where I work, and she gave them this advice, which is, I think, actually the secret to life itself: When you’re young, she said, embarrassment is the thing you fear the most. But when you are old, you realize that that thing that embarrasses you is your creativity. You should run to it, and embrace it.
An intriguing novel about those who can travel through and indeed stop time, this is a love story but also a thriller, as the world itself is potentially put in peril by a mysterious rival group. It’s also full of delightful touches as Nick, having been transported forward in time from 1812 to the present day, then subsequently has to return and attempt to re-adapt back to a life very different from the one he’d got used to. Sweeping and well conceived with enough loose ends that you wonder if this will become a very enjoyable series. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The River of No Return a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The River of No Return is an incredible debut novel, gripping from the very beginning' - Nicola Crisp. Scroll down to read more reviews.
June 2013 Debut of the Month. What an original and engaging debut. Who would have thought you could have put romance, science fiction, magic, historical fiction and time travel into such an unforgettable story. If you loved The Time Traveler's Wife or The Night Circus then prepare to be swept away by this stunning novel. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The River of No Return a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The River of No Return is an incredible debut novel, gripping from the very beginning' - Nicola Crisp. Scroll down to read more reviews.
An utterly engrossing historical romance from debut novelist Bee Ridgeway, The River of No Return is a must-read. 'Time is like a river. It always flows in one direction.' What if everything you thought was certain was not? 1812: On a lonely battlefield in Spain, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown, is about to die .... But, the next moment, he inexplicably jumps forward in time, nearly two hundred years - very much alive. Taken under the wing of a mysterious organisation, The Guild, he receives everything he could ever need under the following conditions: He can't go back. He can't go home. He must tell no one. Accepting his fate, Nicholas begins a life of luxury as a twenty-first century New York socialite, living happily thus for the next ten years. But, when an exquisite wax sealed envelope brings a summons from the Alderwoman of The Guild, Nicholas is forced to confront his nineteenth century past. Back in 1815, Julia Percy's world has fallen apart. Her enigmatic grandfather, the Earl of Darchester, has died and left her with a closely guarded secret, one she is only now discovering - the manipulation of time. In terrible danger from unknown enemies, Julia flees her home to the sanctuary of neighbouring Falcott House. In this strange place Julia and a recently returned Nicholas are drawn to each other and together they realise how little Julia knew about her beloved grandfather and begin to understand his ominous last words... 'Pretend.' Bee Ridgeway's The River Of No Return is a truly unforgettable novel. If you loved The Time Traveler's Wife or The Night Circus then prepare to be swept away by this stunning debut novel. Bee Ridgway grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. She attended Oberlin College (B.A.), then worked for a year as an editorial assistant at Elle magazine. She studied literature at Cornell University (M.A. and Ph.D.). She has worked at Bryn Mawr College since 2001. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
When Alva receives an invitation from a man offering his services as a Time Tutor, she doesnt know what to think: Is he a time traveler or a charlatan? And does it really matter, when he is so devilishly attractive? The Time Tutor is a fast-paced romantic prequel to Bee Ridgways acclaimed novel, The River of No Return.