Robert Begiebing
Author and Teacher

The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin

“Mesmerizing. Slowly, subtly, the story twists on itself like a pinned snake. . . .Not since Kenneth Roberts has anyone written of early New England life in such vivid and convincing detail. . . .A gifted writer with an extraordinary feeling for the past.” --Annie Proulx, The New York Times Book Review

“Stereotypes we learned in grade school simply don’t exist here; instead, there are passionate, complex characters, including unexpectedly strong and often rebellious women.” --The Denver Post

“Begiebing illuminates the dark and wonderful intricacy of the human heart.” --Yankee Magazine

“This is no ordinary mystery. Just imagine Peyton Place as Hawthorne would have written it.”--Booklist

“A great achievement of imagination and research.”--Boston Magazine

"Begiebing's artistry is all the more appealing for the ease in which The Turner Erotica makes what is long past feel as close as yesterday, bringing its people and their passion into a most compelling contemporary focus."--Provincetown Arts
“Just imagine Peyton Place as Hawthorne might have written it.” --Booklist
“Art, philosophy, religion, slavery, sexual propriety, suffrage—all are addressed with candid clarity... Highly recommended.” --Library Journal, starred review
“…The best university press novel of 2003 to make the rich history of America accessible to the educated general public.” --Langum Prize for Historical Fiction Prize citation