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Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University. She received her MFA from The University of Arizona and was the recipient of the national Jacob K. Javits fellowship. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons. The September Sisters is her first novel.

Genres: Historical, Mystery
New Books
November 2023

The Fiction Writer
   The September Sisters (2009)
   The Life of Glass (2010)
   The Transformation of Things (2010)
   Margot (2013)
   Searching for Sky (2014)
   The Hours Count (2015)
   The Lost Letter (2017)
   In Another Time (2019)
   The Code for Love and Heartbreak (2020)
   Half Life (2021)
   Beautiful Little Fools (2022)
   The Fiction Writer (2023)
Jillian Cantor recommends
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Fair Rosaline (2023)
Natasha Solomons
"A brilliant, feminist re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet, Fair Rosaline is a gorgeously written version of Verona from Juliet's cousin, Rosaline's, point of view. What does Romeo truly look like through the eyes of a woman on the periphery of the original story? Natasha Solomons skillfully shows us another version of the star-crossed lovers - and the Romeo --we all think we know. I absolutely devoured this thought-provoking, female-centric take on Shakespeare."
Starring Adele Astaire (2023)
Eliza Knight
"Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Starring Adele Astaire is a peak behind the curtain of what it was like to be a woman and a performer in the 1920s-1940s. Eliza Knight explores the timeless question of whether a woman can truly have it all in this fascinating novel filled with love, heartbreak, resilience, and ultimately friendship."
The Half of It (2023)
Juliette Fay
"Imbued with her trademark warmth and wit, The Half of It by Juliette Fay is a gorgeously written stunner of a novel about family, love, grief, and ultimately, second chances. Fay is a master of creating characters who feel so real, their stories so emotionally resonant - I know that Helen and Cal and their families will linger in my heart long after I turned the last page."
Strangers in the Night (2023)
Heather Webb
"Strangers in the Night is a gorgeously written, impeccably researched historical novel that delves into both the glamour and darkness of old Hollywood, as it details the passionate and tumultuous epic love story of Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra. By turns sexy and heartbreaking, beautiful and volatile, I loved this fascinating peek behind the curtain of a real Hollywood love affair."
Wedding of the Season (2023)
Lauren Edmondson
"Wedding of the Season brings Newport society alive in one summer leading up to a much-anticipated wedding. Filled with sharp, witty dialogue and a gorgeous sense of place, this novel of family, and ultimately the true meaning of home, is as delightful as a perfect summer day."

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