Praise for Things We Lost

“The book’s emotional terrain is familiar, authentic, deeply appealing, and disturbing in the hard truths revealed. Navas writes with wisdom, sensitivity, and authority about relationships between men and women, mothers and sons, friends and enemies.”
—Rebecca Rule, Concord Monitor

“With the publication of Navas’s first collection, readers around America will have the chance to see how broad and entertaining her talent runs.”
—Alan Cheuse

“Deborah Navas knows all about the high emotional cost of living. …she’s taken the measure of our pleasure and pain and rendered the sum with subtlety and feeling.”
—Rosellen Brown

Praise for Murdered By His Wife

“Navas has produced a little gem—rock hard and glistening. Her story itself has great intrinsic fascination (sex, violence, betrayal, even a kind of ‘redemption’). But her telling of the story is best of all: so simple, so direct, so utterly compelling. In short, one feels a very gifted writer at work here.”
—John Demos, The Unredeemed Captive

Stories & Books

Bathsheba Spooner

In March 1778, Joshua Spooner, a wealthy gentleman farmer in Brookfield, Massachusetts, was beaten to death and his body stuffed down his own well. Four people were prosecuted for the crime: two British soldiers, a young Continental soldier named Ezra Ross, and Spooner’s wife, Bathsheba, who was charged with instigating the murder. She was thirty- two years old and five months pregnant with Ezra Ross’s son.

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Things We Lost...My literary writing career began with short stories, which fit best around raising children and a full-time work schedule, and my collection, Things We Lost, Gave Away, Bought High and Sold Low, represents the best of those published over a span of 20 years.

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Murdered By His Wife Murdered by His Wife, (University of Massachusetts Press) is an historical account of a love affair and murder that took place near Worcester, Massachusetts during the American Revolution. Bathsheba Spooner was a noted beauty, mother of three, and ardent Loyalist caught in an abusive marriage. In early 1777 she took in and nursed a young Continental soldier named Ezra Ross. They became lovers, she conceived a child, and they both—along with two British soldiers—were found guilty in the murder of her husband, Joshua Spooner. When she sought a stay of execution to deliver her baby, the Massachusetts Council rejected her petition, and she was promptly hanged, though five months pregnant, before a crowd of 5000 spectators.

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