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Sarah Addison Allen

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aka Katie Gallagher

Sarah Addison Allen grew up in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, where her mother still makes cornbread that is out of this world and her father plays old-timey banjo, claw-hammer style. Neither of these talents were passed on to Sarah, but she did become very good at eating and listening. The former made her fond of elastic waistbands, the latter turned her into a writer.

Sarah has her B.A. in Literature and her first book, the romantic comedy Tried and True, written under the pen name Katie Gallagher, was published by Harlequin Duets. It was nominated by The Romantic Times for both Best First Book and Best Duets of 2003. Sarah's mainstream debut, Garden Spells, a quirky book of Southern-fried magical realism, was published by Bantam Dell in the Fall of 2007.


Genres: General Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Waverly Sisters
   1. Garden Spells (2007)
   2. First Frost (2015)
Lost Lake
   0.5. Waking Kate (2013)
   1. Lost Lake (2014)
   The Sugar Queen (2008)
   The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010)
   The Peach Keeper (2011)
   Other Birds (2022)
Omnibus editions
   Truly, Madly, Briefly / Tried and True (2003) (with Delores Fossen (as by Katie Gallagher) )
   The Firefly Dance (2011) (with others)
Sarah Addison Allen recommends
The Wishing Game (2023)
Meg Shaffer
"A dreamy, inventive novel about how books can not only change lives but save them too. Full of the power of imagination, it's one of my favorite books of the year."
Adelaide (2023)
Genevieve Wheeler
"Emotional and poignant, Genevieve Wheeler has made a remarkable debut with her fresh, modern voice. I was charmed. Adelaide exposes the raw edges of early adulthood and unrequited love, ultimately showing us that the true magic of life is that it's always worth living."
When the Moon Turns Blue (2023)
Pamela Terry
"About grief and the power of friendship through every season of life, When the Moon Turns Blue is wise, exquisitely written, and full of heart. This smart, quirky novel proves Pamela Terry is a Southern powerhouse. She should definitely be on your radar."
The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone (2023)
Audrey Burges
"Audrey Burges has written a sure-fire hit - lively, stylish, and full of heart. The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone is decorated with gorgeous wordsmithery and magical trimmings, and I loved every minute spent inside."
Spells for Forgetting (2022)
Adrienne Young
"With quiet magic like wind on a spooky autumn evening, Spells for Forgetting is so atmospheric it will leave you breathless. Adrienne Young's exquisite prose blends slow-burn romance and intense mystery into a beautiful, twisty gem of a novel. You won't want to miss this one."
Darling Girl (2022)
Liz Michalski
"A dark and dazzling tale. Liz Michalski has used her own magic wand to shed light on the lengths we go to in order to preserve the myth of beauty, the myth of youth, and even the myth of fairytales themselves."

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