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Press: Reviews, Interviews & Articles


Philadelphia Inquirer
August 31, 2006
by Martha Woodall

“Betsey Osborne… has pulled off an astonishing feat. She’s written a compelling, elegant tale of nuance and loss with the confidence of a fiction veteran.”
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Providence Journal
July 2, 2006
by Sam Coale


"Osborne writes effortlessly and wisely, plumbing the troubled depths of the seemingly unruffled surface of "ordinary" life. Her novel sneaks up on you, catching you unawares, and creates rich, many-layered characters you come to know and appreciate. Uncas Metcalfe's life unfolds naturally, yet it mesmerizes and tantalizes in its accumulated power and delight. This is an auspicious debut by a new and very promising writer.”
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Publishers Weekly
March 2006

"… incisive debut novel… Osborne establishes a genuine sense of history and caring in Uncas' familial relationships with just a few well-chosen words."
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Booklist Review
April 2006
by Donna Seaman

"[A] graceful minuet of a novel… Osborne's concerns are gratifyingly complex, the predicaments she orchestrates unusual and suspenseful, her humor lithe, and her insights into what signifies strength and what indicates weakness are keen and provocative, adding up to an empathic and finely modulated drama reminiscent of works by Gail Godwin, Jane Hamilton, and Anne Tyler."
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Vanity Fair
May 2000
Contributing Editor Betsey Osborne illuminates The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe.



Library Journal
June 2006
interview with Rebecca Miller

In Betsey O
sborne's debut novel, The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe, an elderly man finds his bike stolen, gets lost on his way to his office, meets a young woman named Alex, and finds out that his wife has been injured. What follows is an absorbing, nimbly portrayed tale of his self-investigation. LJ’s Rebecca Miller talked to Osborne about her inspiration for this refreshing new work.
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Library Journal
April 2006
review by Debbie Bogenschutz

A powerful first novel about love, betrayal, family, and hometown. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.
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The Syracuse Post-Standard
May 2006
by Laura Ryan

The title character in the new novel The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe comes from a family whose roots trace back five generations in a small, once-thriving town in Upstate New York. "It was really important to capture this idea of a small town," Osborne says. "Sparta . . . is much smaller than Auburn, but it's really based on my observations of Auburn. And how everyone knows who Uncas is, walking around, and what's sort of happened to those kinds of towns. I call them the towns that time forgot."
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The Citizen
May 7, 2006
by Diane La Rue

Osborne has done a marvelous job speaking in the voice of a 65-year-old man. Her insights into how men and women relate in a marriage and how parents and children understand (or misunderstand) each other are right on target. Other people have compared Osborne's work to Anne Tyler and I agree; fans of Anne Tyler's work will enjoy this novel.
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Books Inc.
San Francisco, CA
June, 2006


Watch a video of Betsey Osborne reading from, and answering questions about
The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe

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