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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."
A Matter of Chance (2018)
Julie Maloney
"In A Matter of Chance, author Maloney offers a journey through grief and betrayal by reconnecting to life through the expression of art. This gorgeous book explores and evokes desperate love, continued hope, and, finally, a way through to a surprising conclusion. You won’t want to stop reading this compelling novel until you turn the very last page."
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."

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