America, 1955: Thousands of wives and mothers spontaneously transform into dragons, eat their spouses, burn down their homes and then fly off to other parts of the world. What, didn’t you learn about it in history class?
If you didn’t, that’s because it’s the plot of Kelly Barnhill’s new novel “When Women Were Dragons,” a feminist tale that brilliantly mixes history, science and fantasy. Barnhill joins 8 O’Clock Buzz host Andy Moore for a discussion on the book’s themes, her creative process and why she chose our town of Madison, Wisconsin as her setting.
Kelly Barnhill is an accomplished children’s author and was awarded the John Newberry medal for her book, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” Her most recent work of adult fiction, “When Women Were Dragons,” is available now in print, digital and audiobook formats. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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