The Scribe of Siena, beautiful time-slip mystery

Scribe of Siena cover

My lates article in The Big Thrill is about Melodie Winawer's debut novel, The Scribe of Siena.

“Words can pull us out of our heads and into the heads of someone who is long gone.” Winawer believes this so strongly that she only lets her kids watch television for an hour a week. As a result they are big readers. “Book are a way to go to a world and be with those people.”

The works Beatrice reads provide her not just with clues to the mystery, but literally become a bridge between the past and the present, a bridge that transports her to Siena in 1347, just weeks before the plague. There she finds work as a scribe, and she loves it.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Melodie Winawer photo by Dana Maxon
Melodie Winawer photo by Dana Maxon


Melodie Winawer is a physician-scientist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology, she has published over fifty nonfiction articles and book chapters. She is fluent in Spanish and French, literate in Latin, and has a passable knowledge of Italian. Dr. Winawer lives with her spouse and their three young children in Brooklyn, New York. The Scribe of Siena is her first novel.


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