Posted by: jeannineatkins | July 19, 2007

Yay! A nice review of Anne Hutchinson’s Way

It’s odd writing a picture book, because you’re so involved in research, choosing words, changing those words, arguing about a title, looking at the illustrator’s dummies, looking at revised dummies, then Michael Dooling’s gorgeous finished artwork…. and then there’s a long wait. About four years ago I lugged home piles of biographies about Anne Hutchinson and histories of the Puritan era in early Massachusetts (when it was essentially Boston) and Rhode Island (when it was a refuge for any and all who didn’t fit elsewhere — yay, R.I.!) and Long Island — before there was a Hutchinson Parkway, there was a Hutchinson River, and before that river was named, there was Anne herself, mother of 18, midwife, preacher, renegade — talk about finding balance in your life!

Anyway, there’s that total immersion — how do you take this complex life and put it into a 32 page book? How do you make religious freedom and freedom of speech interesting to an eight-year-old? What do you do when a household holds 18 or so people — should I name every brother and sister and how? All these kinds of things, then years pass.

The book will come out next month, and a few reviews are coming in. Here are some quotes that made me very happy from Kirkus Reviews to appear in August.

“Atkins offers a beautifully produced and constructed fictionalized tale of the preacher and midwife Anne Hutchinson, told from the point of view of Susanna, Hutchinson’s youngest child until they arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634…Atkins tells a complex story of faith and freedom with clarity and strength.”



  1. YAY JEANNINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Yay, way to go! I can’t wait to read it myself. Here’s to many more great reviews!

  3. Thanks so much for your looooong and sweeet support!!!

  4. Thanks, Nancy. Hurrah, for women in history!

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