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Kim van Alkemade was born in New York City and spent her childhood in suburban New Jersey. Her late father, an immigrant from the Netherlands, met her mother, a descendant of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, in the Empire State Building. She attended college in Wisconsin, earning a doctorate in English from UW-Milwaukee. She is a professor at Shippensburg University where she teaches writing, and lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Her creative nonfiction essays have been published in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, So To Speak, and Cut Bank.

Genres: Historical
   Orphan #8 (2015)
   Bachelor Girl (2018)
   Counting Lost Stars (2023)
Kim van Alkemade recommends
The Jazz Club Spy (2023)
Roberta Rich
"A wonderfully immersive and utterly delightful novel that beautifully evokes the world of Jazz Age New York City. You'll fall in love with Giddy Brodsky, an ambitious immigrant with big ideas and a brave heart. The propulsive plot, while inspired by facts, imaginatively blends history and fiction. Written with authenticity and verve, The Jazz Spy Club is a thrilling romp filled with mystery, political intrigue, and compelling characters. You'll root for Giddy and her indomitable spirit from the first page to the last. I stayed up all night to reach the entirely satisfying conclusion."
Such Good Friends (2023)
Stephen Greco
"A deeply immersive and endlessly fascinating novel grounded in a true story I only thought I knew. Greco constantly surprised me with fresh perspectives and new insights as the story unfolded, seamlessly weaving together fact and fiction... A deeply personal portrait of a friendship between two unique people whose lives encompassed world travel, high society, popular culture, and human frailty."
Monarch Rising (2022)
Harper Glenn
"Monarch Rising creates a world that destabilizes the reader with glimpses of the familiar amidst utterly unique characters and settings. This story defied my predictions and surprised me with twists and turns up to the very last page."

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