Tara Conklin was born on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Yale University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and New York University School of Law. A joint US-UK citizen, Tara now lives with her family in Seattle. The House Girl is her first novel.
Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
Tara Conklin recommends
Three Souls (2013)
"Compelling and utterly original. Janie Chang’s riveting debut gives us so much: a complex heroine, a window into the vanished world of pre-Communist China, a fascinating plot and language that sings. An intoxicating story of family, ambition and the risks we take for love."
The Other Alcott (2017)
"More than ever, we need books like this in celebration of a woman overlooked by history, one whose story helps shed light on our own contemporary search for love, identity and meaning."
The Weight of an Infinite Sky (2018)
Carrie La Seur
"Carrie La Seur’s début is a gripping story of family, love and murder. Set against an indelibly drawn Montana landscape, The Home Place explores the intangible ways we are both defined by and in opposition to the people and places we call home."
A Good Neighbourhood (2020)
Therese Anne Fowler
"A gripping modern morality tale...Familiar elements - two families, two young lovers, a legal dispute - frame a story that feels both classic and inevitable. But Fowler makes the book her own with smart dialogue, compelling characters and a communal 'we' narrator that implicates us all in the wrenching conclusion."
Tiny Imperfections (2020)
Alli Frank and Asha Youmans
"Offers a delightful view inside the cutthroat world of private school admissions that is hilarious, cringe-worthy and all too relevant in today's ultra-competitive educational landscape. I ate this book up like a box of candy; you will too."
Millicent Glenn's Last Wish (2020)
"Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is a delight of a book that explores how one long-held secret can shape a family. Tori Whitaker’s characters sparkle with warmth and humanity, especially ninety-year-old Mil, whose voice rings clear and true throughout these charming pages."
Girls with Bright Futures (2021)
Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman
"Suspenseful and oh-so-timely, GIRLS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES is a cautionary tale of parental anxiety run amok in the high-stakes world of elite college admissions. I loved this wild ride of a novel, brimming with truth, mischief and consequences. It's a smart, provocative debut that will keep you turning pages until the riveting end."
How to Order the Universe (2021)
María José Ferrada
"How to Order the Universe is a dreamscape of a book. In an assured and striking voice, María José Ferrada tells the story of M, a girl who skips school to join her traveling salesman father on the road. Along the way, M witnesses tragedy, desire, secrecy and grief as she finds her own truths and learns to separate her father’s disappointments from her own. I adored this compelling, wise and utterly unique coming-of-age tale."
Walk the Vanished Earth (2022)
"Walk the Vanished Earth is a beautiful achievement. A story of mothers and daughters, climate collapse, improbable love, space travel, disaster and redemption, destiny and choice - it's nearly impossible to describe all the notes Erin Swan hits in this astonishing debut. Swan writes in spare, elegant prose that conjures an 1880s Kansas prairie just as vividly as a futuristic colony on Mars. Both timely and timeless, this novel will stay with me for a long time to come."
Yerba Buena (2022)
"Nina LaCour's Yerba Buena is a love story for our time. I so admired its truth and candor, the lilting prose and the two compelling protagonists, Sara and Emilie, whose lives weave, break and bend towards each other until the novel's moving and deeply satisfying conclusion. Yerba Buena is an absolute joy to read."
Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting (2022)
"Heartwarming, funny, a delicious dive into the profound and ridiculous modern world in which we live. Clare Pooley reminds us why we need each other."
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