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Karen Joy Fowler

USA flag (b.1950)

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels including Booker Prize finalist and international bestseller We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Wit's End, and The Jane Austen Book Club -- which spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was adapted as a major motion picture from Sony Pictures. Her novel Sister Noon was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, and her short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Awards. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Santa Cruz, California.

Genres: Historical, Science Fiction
   Peripheral Vision (1986)
   The War of the Roses (1991)
   Sarah Canary (1991)
   The Sweetheart Season (1996)
   Sister Noon (2001)
   The Jane Austen Book Club (2004)
   Wit's End (2008)
     aka The Case of the Imaginary Detective
   We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
   Booth (2022)
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Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Mota 2003: Courage (2003) (with John Reed)
   The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1 (2004) (with Pat Murphy and Debbie Notkin)
   The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2 (2005) (with Pat Murphy and Jeffrey D Smith)
   The James Tiptree Award Anthology 3 (2006) (with Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D Smith)
   The James Tiptree Award Anthology 4 (2008) (with Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin and Jeffrey D Smith)
Non fiction
   80! (2010) (with Debbie Notkin)
   The Science of Herself (2013)
Anthologies containing stories by Karen Joy Fowler
Short stories
The Lake Was Full of Artificial Things (1985)
The Poplar Street Study (1985)
Praxis (1985)
Recalling Cinderella (1985)
Contention (1986)
Face Value (1986)
The View from Venus (1986)
The Faithful Companion at Forty (1987)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
Letters From Home [short story] (1987)
Lily Red (1988)
Duplicity (1989)
Game Night at the Fox and Goose (1989)
The Night Wolf (1989)
Lieserl (1990)Nebula Awards (nominee)
Black Glass [short story] (1991)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Dark (1991)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Brew (1995)
Shimabara (1995)
The Elizabeth Complex (1996)Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Queen of Hearts and Swords (1996)
The Black Fairy's Curse (1997)
Go Back (1998)
Standing Room Only (1998)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula Awards (nominee)
The Travails (1998)

Philip K Dick Award Best Book nominee (1986) : Artificial Things
John W. Campbell Best New Author winner (1987)
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1988) : The Faithful Companion at Forty
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1988) : The Faithful Companion at Forty
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1991) : Lieserl
Nebula Awards Best Novellette nominee (1992) : Black Glass [short story]
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1992) : The Dark
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (1993) : Sarah Canary
Hugo Best Short Story nominee (1998) : Standing Room Only
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1998) : The Elizabeth Complex
Nebula Awards Best Short Story nominee (1999) : Standing Room Only
World Fantasy Best Collection winner (1999) : Black Glass
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : Sister Noon
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2005) : The Jane Austen Book Club
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2014) : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2014) : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Nebula Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book winner (2014) : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Karen Joy Fowler recommends
Standard Candles (1996)
Jack McDevitt
"Long after you've closed this book,the stories will stay in your mind and in your heart."
At the City Limits of Fate (1996)
Michael Bishop
"A book of such astonishing accomplishment and variety, Michael Bishop appears to speak in tongues. No other writer can pull off the impossibly delicate balance of wit, charity, poetry and perception that Bishop does. He does it with mirrors and jewels, cats and snakes.""
Neat Sheets (1996)
James Tiptree Jr
"The Poetry has a heightened sense of emotionalism, a clear message of isolationism and loneliness, a disappointed romanticism, and the occasional lash of a sharp wit."
Mockingbird (1998)
Sean Stewart
"Mockingbird manages to be witty, wicked, and wise. Wonderful!"
Wild Life (2000)
Molly Gloss
"Heady cerebral satisfactions, gorgeous prose, and page-turning adventure."
American Fuji (2001)
Sara Backer
"...deft and delightful."
Carter Beats the Devil (2001)
Glen David Gold
"Gold has conjured one dead president, one blood-sucking dog, a ship full of pirates, and a cabal of Secret Service agents. it all makes for a wild and heartstopping show. Beautifully written, packed with fun, scares, and surprises. And magic in every word."
A Scattering of Jades (2002)
Alexander C Irvine
"A Scattering of Jades is one wild ride."
Magic for Beginners (2005)
Kelly Link
"A set of stories that are by turns dazzling, funny, scary, and sexy, but only when they are not all of those at once. Kelly Link has strangeness, charm and spin to spare. Writers better than this don't happen."
A Sudden Country (2005)
Karen Fisher
"A gorgeous and mesmerizing story of a journey. Fisher provides both the historical context and the perfect detail with equal grace. She deals in big emotions, big adventures, big landscapes, and human-size people. This is a remarkable, remarkable book and I loved every word of it."
Love Walked in (2005)
(Love Walked in, book 1)
Marisa de los Santos
"A touching, triumphant story of the power and variety and responsibility of love. A joy to read, filled with characters you wish you knew in real life. Love Walked In is every bit as engaging as the classic movies Marisa de los Santos lovingly invokes."
The Wednesday Sisters (2008)
(Wednesday , book 1)
Meg Waite Clayton
"This generous and inventive book is a delight to read, an evocation of the power of friendship to sustain, encourage, and embolden us. Join the sisterhood!"
Good-Bye and Amen (2008)
Beth Gutcheon
"A tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn't put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable."
To Catch the Lightning (2008)
Alan Cheuse
"To Catch the Lightning is a story of loss - of choices made and prices paid, of the future coming fast and the past disappearing faster. Cheuse's narrative is refracted through multiple voices, each distinct, but each containing its own poetic precision. A wonderful, wonderful book of quiet power and great beauty."
Dragon House (2009)
John Shors
"The street children are the heart of this touching book: their talents, friendships, and perils keep you turning the pages."
Total Oblivion, More or Less (2009)
Alan DeNiro
"Chock-a-block with adventure, suspense and surprise. Apocalyptic family values, too! Recommended to all."
Never at Home (2011)
L Timmel Duchamp
"Strange and heady, original and surprising."
Still Time (2015)
Jean Hegland
"A moving, beautiful story about what persists and what doesn't, about what can be repaired and what can't."
The Portable Veblen (2016)
Elizabeth McKenzie
"Surprising, audacious, imaginative and totally wonderful the whole book zips and zings."
A Hundred Thousand Worlds (2016)
Bob Proehl
"A work of wit and heart."
My Last Continent (2016)
Midge Raymond
"A love story about the Antarctic and the creatures, humans included, who are at home there. Half adventure, half elegy, and wholly recommended."
Everfair (2016)
Nisi Shawl
"A book with gorgeous sweep, spanning years and continents, loves and hates, histories and fantasies...Everfair is sometimes sad, often luminous, and always original. A wonderful achievement."
The Immortalists (2018)
Chloe Benjamin
"For someone who loves stories about brothers and sisters, as I do, The Immortalists is about as good as it gets. It's amazing how good this book is."
All the Names They Used for God (2018)
Anjali Sachdeva
"A new and important voice has arrived on the scene."
Pride and Prometheus (2018)
John Kessel
"As a book-loving girl myself, I’ve worried for years over the treatment and fate of Lizzy Bennet’s sister Mary in Pride and Prejudice. Finally! Along comes John Kessel to give her this splendid book of her own, her own quick mind and her own stout heart. Mary’s adventure occurs in just that place where Austen meets Shelley and, in the end, more will be required of her than of any Austen heroine before her. Dark and gripping and tense and beautiful."
The Evolution of Love (2018)
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
"Given our current seemingly endless string of natural disasters, this is a timely story and a compelling one. I Highly Recommend."
The Removes (2018)
Tatjana Soli
"Soli's new novel focuses on General Custer, the frontier, and the Indian wars. This is a western, but a modern one - beautifully detailed and carefully researched, completely free of the questionable mythologies that sometimes characterize the genre. A vivid, sometimes harrowing, but always riveting read."
In the Night Wood (2018)
Dale Bailey
"Every story is a ghost story, Bailey tells us. But not every ghost story is as haunting as this one. Nor as luminously written, literate, absorbing, transporting, and all-around excellent. I couldn’t put it down."
A Well Behaved Woman (2018)
Therese Anne Fowler
"In another writer's hands, Alva Vanderbilt's immense wealth and carefully calculated life might have proved barriers to readerly sympathy. But Fowler's portrait is so nuanced, so complicated by context, and so informed by her own capacious generosity that we can't help being drawn in. A Well-Behaved Woman is a deeply and sympathetically imagined guess as to who Alva might have been. This is a wonderful book!"
Mother Country (2019)
Irina Reyn
"In any given family, the relationship between mother and child is complicated and challenging. At any given moment, a sizable percentage of the world's people are being forced to live through a war they didn't start and are unlikely to benefit from. Put those two things together, and you have the backdrop for this powerful, painstakingly imagined, timely and timeless novel."
Hollow Kingdom (2019)
(Hollow Kingdom, book 1)
Kira Jane Buxton
"A plucky hero, a boisterous tale, startling prose and eerie events combine for a thoroughly enjoyable account of the end of the world as we know it. The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead."
Miss Austen (2020)
Gill Hornby
"Hornby’s gift to the world of Austen lovers is to return to Cassandra her rightful recognition as Jane’s most intimate and sustaining relationship, her greatest love. This is a deeply imagined and deeply moving novel. Reading it made me happy and weepy in equally copious amounts."
My Dark Vanessa (2020)
Kate Elizabeth Russell
"A truly remarkable debut, deeply thoughtful, deeply emotional, compelling and disturbing in equal measure. I raced to the ending and then found the book lingered with me long after that last page. It is lingering still."
The Jane Austen Society (2020)
Natalie Jenner
"Few things draw disparate people together so quickly as discovering they love the same writers. Few writers cement such friendships as deeply as Austen does. I believe that the readers of Jenner's book will fall in love with the readers inside Jenner's book, all of us thinking and dreaming of Austen the whole while. What could be better? Nothing, that's what! A wonderful book, a wonderful read."
The Mother Code (2020)
Carole Stivers
"Carole Stivers is far from the first to wonder if motherhood can be scientifically replicated, but this is a thoughtful and thought-provoking addition to that meditation. An end-of-times tale that focuses less on what has been lost and more on what and who might be saved (and how). Stivers' wonderful story settles right on the line between human and machine, as blame and threat and rescue and love shift from character to character in surprising and powerful ways."
Sansei and Sensibility (2020)
Karen Tei Yamashita
"This capacious collection is witty, sharp—funny at times, angry at times—always amazing, and never, never dull. I think Jane Austen would be surprised, but delighted. I surely am."
The Color of Air (2020)
Gail Tsukiyama
"The Color of Air is quintessential Tsukiyama, generous in spirit, gorgeously written, and full of secrets and surprises. Every character in this ensemble novel is as compelling and appealing as the next and together they lead the reader into the beating heart of this tight-knit community. A stupendous work."
Lake Life (2020)
David James Poissant
"A beautiful story about family and especially about the paradox of adult children. Vividly imagined and carefully rendered, Lake Life is both generous and unflinching. I loved every member of this functionally dysfunctional cast."
Betty (2020)
Tiffany McDaniel
"Tiffany McDaniel has given us a vivid and haunting portrait of the writer as a young girl. Betty Carpenter survives the brutality of her childhood through her father's stories and his steadfast belief in her own. A novel of tragedy and trouble, poetry and power, not a story you will soon forget."
With or Without You (2020)
Caroline Leavitt
"A wonderful novel about life as mess and disappointment, life as catastrophe and regret, but also life as transformation and resilience. Leavitt’s characters are great company, and watching them find a way forward in their suddenly altered world is a joy. Deeply engaging, tense but hopeful, and completely recommended."
The Charmed Wife (2021)
Olga Grushin
"With the publication of her first novel, Grushin instantly became one of my favorite writers. She touches the borders of myth and fairytale in everything she does, but never so explicitly as here, in this dark and dreamy retelling of Cinderella. Inside the plot, magic comes and goes. But inside the reader, it's all magic, all of us happily caught in Grushin's hypnotic spell."
Brood (2021)
Jackie Polzin
"This is the most wonderful book! Acutely observed and flawlessly conveyed. Completely original, full of surprise, humor, grief, and wisdom and just the right amount of chickens. I am hugely on board with Brood."
Burning Girls and Other Stories (2021)
Veronica Schanoes
"This book is for those who like their fairy tales strong and dark. A beautifully written, sharply imaginative collection--stories of vengeance and fury, stories of wit and grit. Many pleasures and many surprises and highly recommended."
Gold Diggers (2021)
Sanjena Sathian
"Is the American dream about hard work and sacrifice or is it about the lure of the Gold Rush, of quick riches there for the taking? Greed, regret and love are all at work here in Sathian’s completely original, utterly absorbing, complex and confident debut novel. A bravura performance from an exciting new voice."
Build Your House Around My Body (2021)
Violet Kupersmith
"This impressively constructed weave of stories, haunted by the ghosts of history and family, is gorgeous, completely original, and quite disturbing—usually all at the same time. Beware! This book might swallow you up."
The First Law of Thermodynamics (2021)
James Patrick Kelly
"A quintessntially protean writer...I continue to be regularly surprised by where he goes and what he's doing with his fiction."
The Book of Form and Emptiness (2021)
Ruth Ozeki
"Once again, Ozeki has created a masterpiece. Her generous heart, remarkable imagination, and brilliant mind light up every page."
Destroyer of Light (2021)
Jennifer Marie Brissett
"A saga that combines many of sf’s most beloved tropes-a remnant of humanity struggling to survive on a far away world, aliens whose goals are dangerously unknowable, alien/human hybrids with unpredictable abilities, suspense, plot twists, and that good old sense of wonder. Hugely ambitious, impressively accomplished."
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (2022)
Eva Jurczyk
"Who doesn't love a mystery involving rare books and bad librarians? This clever, deftly written story has all that and more. A great pleasure from beginning to end."
The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. (2022)
Lee Kravetz
"Bold, compelling, and gorgeously written, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. is slightly reminiscent of AS Byatt's Possession, but instead of a love story, this is a tale of rivalry and betrayal. A truly satisfying page-turner."
Out There (2022)
Kate Folk
"Extraordinary through-the-looking-glass tales, all delivered with a side of menace . . . Wonderfully weird and weirdly wonderful, Kate Folk is a dazzling talent."
Housebreaking (2022)
Colleen Hubbard
"An unforgettable portrait of a young woman at war with the world and herself. Protagonist Del can be hard to like, but she remains easy to love. This is a brilliant and exciting debut."
31 Paradiso (2022)
Rhoda Huffey
"31 Paradiso is so filled with energy, the pages fairly crackle. A story of revelations, told with enormous vim and vigor, pain and wisdom, wit and wildness, (and also, shuffles and heel rolls.) The first great American tap-dancing novel!"
Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors (2022)
Aravind Jayan
"Utterly original and beautifully rendered. In the age of the internet, still stories of family remain ageless. Jayan sets us in a moment when the past and present are in precarious balance and leaves us to settle for ourselves what has been broken and what will never be. Loved it."

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