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Ann Garvin

(Ann Wertz Garvin)
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Ann Garvin is an Easterner who lives in the Midwest and a fiction writer who makes a living as a scientist and educator. While working as a nurse she completed her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in exercise psychology publishing extensively in the area of exercise, mental health and media and later became a prize winning short story writer.
Decades of teaching health and studying what makes people tick proved a perfect backdrop for her novels I LIKE YOU JUST FINE WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND (Tyrus), THE DOG YEAR & ON MAGGIE'S WATCH (Berkley Penguin). Ann, a natural storyteller, is a sought after speaker and educator at conferences where writing, health and human nature is discussed. Founder of The Tall Poppy Writers & Co-Founder of The Fifth Semester.

Ann Garvin recommends
Dear Carolina (2015)
Kristy Woodson Harvey
"Kristy Harvey is a natural."
Chance Harbor (2015)
Holly Robinson
"The heart, intrigue, and secrets of Shakespeare but is written with the sensual prose or our time."
The Vanishing Year (2016)
Kate Moretti
"The Vanishing Year will live in your mind long after you put the book down."
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners (2018)
Gretchen Anthony
"Gretchen Anthony knows what makes the people of the America's heartland hilarious, lovable, and worth reading about. In Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, we see a family wrestling with change--but unwilling to give up past traditions of keeping secrets and telling white lies without a fight. Anthony is a breath of fresh air, and the Baumgartners will make you roll your eyes and giggle in recognition of the quirkiness of family."
This Won't End Well (2020)
Camille Pagán
"Camille Pagán writes with deep compassion for her characters and for all of us who try so hard to do the right thing by the people we love. Annie, the protagonist at the center of her latest novel, is no exception. Quirky and occasionally clueless, charming and vulnerable, Annie’s so real that you’ll want to make her your best friend by the time you’ve reached the last page. This Won’t End Well is Pagán at her finest—capturing readers with warmth, honesty, and keen observations about keeping love simple in a complicated world."
Queen of the Owls (2020)
Barbara Linn Probst
"Barbara Linn Probst captures the art of being a woman beautifully. Queen of the Owls is a powerful and liberating novel of self-discovery using Georgia O’Keeffe’s life, art, and relationships as a guide."
Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything (2020)
Kristin Bair
"A singular and relatable story that’s ideal for fans of Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Kristin Bair is a fresh new voice in women’s fiction."
Darling at the Campsite (2021)
Andy Abramowitz
"Reminiscent of the best of Jonathan Tropper and Mathew Norman, Darling at the Campsite is a deep dive into heartbreak through the funny and wise eyes of author Andy Abramowitz. What starts out as a story of one guy’s loss of a high school love turns into a fertile and relatable tale about the lengths we go to protect ourselves from future pain—and end up finding our truer selves instead. I was envious all the way through and wished I’d written this wonderful book."

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