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Ellen Feldman

USA flag (b.1941)

aka Amanda Russell, Elizabeth Villars

Ellen Feldman is the author of Scottsboro, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, and Lucy. She writes both historical fiction and social history, and has published articles on the history of divorce, plastic surgery, Halloween, the Normandie, and many other topics, as well as numerous book reviews. She has also lectured extensively around the country and in Germany and England, and is a sought-after speaker to reading groups both in person and by telephone.

She grew up in northern New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College, from which she holds a B.A. and an M.A. in modern history. After further graduate studies in history at Columbia University, she worked for a New York publishing house.

She lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York, with her husband and Cairn terrier named Lucy, and is currently at work on a novel about Margaret Sanger and Aimee Semple McPherson.

Genres: Historical, Historical Romance

   The Rich Girl (1977) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   The Very Best People (1979) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   A Woman Once Loved (1979) (as by Amanda Russell)
   One Night in Newport (1981) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   The Normandie Affair (1982) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   A.K.A. Katherine Walden (1982)
   Adam's Daughters (1984) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   Conjugal Rites (1986) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   Wars of the Heart (1987) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   Looking for Love (1990)
   Lipstick On His Collar (1990) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   One Golden Night (1991) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   Katherine (1993) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   Too Close for Comfort (1994) (as by Elizabeth Villars)
   Rearview Mirror (1995)
   God Bless the Child (1998)
   Lucy (2003)
   The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (2005)
   Scottsboro (2008)
   Next to Love (2011)
   The Unwitting (2014)
   Terrible Virtue (2016)
   Paris Never Leaves You (2020)
   The Living and the Lost (2021)
   Return to Berlin (2021)
Short stories
The Orchid Nursery (1989) (as by Amanda Russell)

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2009) : Scottsboro
Women's Prize For Fiction Best Novel nominee (2009) : Scottsboro

Ellen Feldman recommends
So Near (2011)
Liza Gyllenhaal
"Gyllenhaal has X-ray vision into the human heart."
The Runaway Wife (2016)
Elizabeth Birkelund
"Scales the peaks of human adventure and plumbs the depths of the human heart."
All the Beautiful Girls (2018)
Elizabeth J Church
"A riveting novel, at once raw and tender, of a woman's struggle to heal the wounds of a devastating childhood . . . Church makes us feel Ruby Wilde's pain and root for her to survive. This is a heartbreaking story, passionately told."

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