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Karen Dukess

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With a background in newspaper and magazine journalism, Karen Dukess spent the last eight years as a speechwriter on gender equality at the United Nations Development Programme. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives in Pelham, New York.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Last Book Party (2019)
Karen Dukess recommends
The Way Life Should Be (2023)
William Dameron
"With humor, heart, and honesty, William Dameron captures the chaos and beauty of bringing a blended family together as one. In their idyllic yet tiny cottage on the coast of Maine, two dads find themselves unexpectedly hosting all their (nearly) adult children, who bring with them a lot of psychic baggage - secrets, resentment, and the still-festering fallout of having a father who had to leave home to be true to himself. The Way Life Should Be is an unflinching yet unabashedly romantic ode to family, and I thoroughly loved it."
My Last Innocent Year (2023)
Daisy Alpert Florin
"An incisive, honest, and compulsively readable coming-of-age story, My Last Innocent Year offers a refreshingly nuanced perspective on contemporary conversations about consent, the power dynamics of sexual relationships and friendships, and the challenges women encounter in claiming their place as artists."
Reservations for Six (2022)
Lindsey J Palmer
"It's often said that it's impossible to know what's really going on in someone else's marriage, but you can get deliciously close in Reservations for Six, Lindsey Palmer's smart, compelling, and completely believable novel. Palmer portrays these marriages with great wisdom and empathy--and well-placed shots of anger and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this ensemble of intelligent, well-meaning, and often confused friends as they struggled to know when to compromise and when to dare change."

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