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Sara Gruen


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Sara is a Canadian-born dual citizen (Canadian and American) who moved to the States in 1999 for a technical writing job. When she was laid off two years later, instead of looking for another job, she decided to take a gamble on writing fiction full-time. Fortunately, the gamble paid off and she's working on Ape House, her fourth novel. Sara lives in northern Illinois with her husband, three children, two dogs, two cats, three goats, and horse in an environmentalist community. They are relocating to North Carolina this summer, and Sara already has her eye on another horse and a donkey.

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Series
Annemarie Zimmer
1. Riding Lessons (2004)
2. Flying Changes (2005)
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Sara Gruen recommends
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Whistling in the Dark (2007)
(Whistling in the Dark, book 1)
Lesley Kagen
"[A] bittersweet and beautifully rendered... story of two young sisters and a summer jam-packed with disillusionment and discovery... Whistling in the Dark shines."
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Every Crooked Pot (2007)
Renée Rosen
"Every Crooked Pot is a beautifully nuanced tale about an extrordinary family and even more extraordinary young woman. Not since Myla Goldberg's Bee Season has a first novel so deftly captured the complexities, joys, and frustrations of daughters and their families. It's hard to believe this is a debut--Rosen's voice is already as good as it gets. Keep an eye out for this rising star."
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On Borrowed Wings (2007)
Chandra Prasad
"In Adele, Chandra Prasad has created an inspired and timeless heroine whose intelligence, imagination, and determination has you rooting for her from the very first page. Prasad's powerful prose matches the vital, urgent vigor of youth, particularly the bond of friendship. Her novel combines drama and a strong sense of place that provides both a lesson in history and a fine read."
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Dervishes (2008)
Beth Helms
"Set against a backdrop of clashing cultures, Dervishes is a story of duplicity, betrayal, and the cost of keeping secrets... A brilliant, moving, and utterly riveting debut. The end will leave you gasping."
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Matters of Faith (2008)
Kristy Kiernan
"[A] writer to watch."
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The Gift (2008)
Cecelia Ahern
"A tantalizing tale... a perfect treat for the holidays."
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Come Sunday (2009)
Isla Morley
"A heart-wrenching tale of unthinkable loss and hard-won healing. This is a novel to savor."
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The Creation of Eve (2010)
Lynn Cullen
"Enormously satisfying."
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The Private Thoughts of Amelia E Rye (2010)
Bonnie Shimko
"I loved this book. I couldn't put it down, it was heartwarming and filled with the clarity of innocence."
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The Doctor and the Diva (2010)
Adrienne McDonnell
"Beautifully written and lushly set."
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The Blessings of the Animals (2010)
Katrina Kittle
"In this beautifully crafted novel, Katrina Kittle deftly illustrates the devastation of betrayal and loss, the healing power of love and compassion, and the joy and comfort that comes from knowing - and relating to - animals."
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Juliet (2010)
Anne Fortier
"One of those rare novels that have it all... I was swept away."
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Up from the Blue (2010)
Susan Henderson
"A haunting tale... This is not a book you'll soon forget."
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Me Again (2011)
Keith Cronin
"A beautifully wrought tale of courage, hope, and awakenings of all kinds."
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Z (2013)
Therese Anne Fowler
"An utterly engrossing portrayal..."
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The Last Time I Died (2013)
Joe Nelms
"The Last Time I Died is a maelstrom of brilliant prose--dark, delectable, devastating, and utterly, utterly compelling. If this is Joe Nelms' debut, watch out, world. Chuck Palahniuk fans will love this book."
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Swing (2014)
Philip Beard
"Philip Beard's Swing is a novel to be savored."
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The Opposite of Everyone (2016)
Joshilyn Jackson
"Inevitable, surprising, and beautifully true...I loved this book and you will also."
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The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)
Karen Dionne
"The Marsh King's Daughter is bound to become a classic. Read it."
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Watch Me Disappear (2017)
Janelle Brown
"Riveting, seduction...I loved it."
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The Sisters of Glass Ferry (2017)
Kim Michele Richardson
"An emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound. You simply have to read it."
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All the Beautiful Girls (2018)
Elizabeth J Church
"A gorgeously written novel with the bite of a gin martini, All the Beautiful Girls goes beyond the splashy, gaudy dazzle of Las Vegas in the sixties to reveal the beating heart beneath the glamorous facade of the showgirl with big ambitions. Our protagonist Lily's grit, determination, and grace as she discovers the heady possibilities and dark perils of the American dream make Elizabeth Church's second novel unforgettable."
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The Madonna of the Mountains (2018)
Elise Valmorbida
"A riveting adventure for the soul, The Madonna of the Mountains is just the kind of evocative historical fiction I love. It transported me to Italy and provided a feast for the senses: I smelled the flowers, tasted the gnocchi, heard the clang and chimes of church bells--and watched a young girl grow into a woman whose faith, love, and innocence are tested by the hardships of war. Powerful and entrancing."
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The Dying of the Light (2018)
Robert Goolrick
"Passion, loneliness, decadence, and sexuality are all powerfully portrayed in this beautifully written novel."
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Sold on a Monday (2018)
Kristina McMorris
"Kristina McMorris does what few writers can-transport me right into the middle of the story."

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