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A Body Scarred, a Marriage Healed

The second-ever Modern Love essay in the long-running New York Times series, republished in the 2019 "best of" Modern Love anthology

Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era

Contrary to rumor, few Victorian women actually spent their days crocheting doilies and fainting on cue. Wild Women—the inspiration for novelist Emma Donoghue's acclaimed Frog Music—introduces a proactive cast of nineteenth-century females, stagecoach robbers and free lovers, cross-dressing soldiers and presidential candidates among them.