Already a non-fiction author of notewith a biographical work on Edith Minturn and Newton Stokes, Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), newly outit is really for her captivating debut novel, The Orphanmaster (Viking) that Jean Zimmerman makes this first Elliott Bay visit. The Orphanmaster is set in seventeenth-century Manhattana time when the tiny colony is beginning to shift from Dutch to British control. "The Orphanmaster is a sweeping novel of great and precise imaginative intelligence; it's also the most entertaining and believable historical novel I've read in years. Jean Zimmerman is a debut novelist who already writes like an old master." – Darin Strauss.