Jocelyn narrates how authors of historical novels have become conscientious, even obsessive, about getting things right. They check, double-check, and rewrite to circumvent the unverified. They permit their characters to engage in such unlikely activities as crossing dangerous territories unscathed, conversing with genuine historical figures, challenging cultural, racial, and gender barriers. It is unnerving to recognize the level of scrutiny to which stories are currently subjected. Now "accuracy" trumps all, and the infinitesimal lack thereof is cause for relegating a book to the remainder bin.