Maria Hummel is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and two novels: Motherland (Counterpoint, 2014) and Wilderness Run (St. Martin's, 2003). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Narrative, The Sun, The New York Times, and the centenary anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
Maria Hummel recommends
Blood Relations (2019)
"It won’t take you ten pages before you’re hurtling along with private investigator Lee Crowe in this high-speed chase into the lives of the California ultra-rich. Sinister twists, gutsy escapes, and uneasy ethics abounda must-read for fans of Philip Marlowe."
This Terrible Beauty (2020)
"Schumann’s graceful evocations of people and place make this novel hard to forget."
"This intense, powerful novel heats like a crucible over misunderstandings inside and outside a contemporary West Coast cult. The hotter the book gets, the richer the questions it raises about American utopianism, parenting, and power and how far people will go for their ideals. Meadowlark is a superbly gripping and insightful read."
The Hare (2021)
"The Hare begins in dread, with a speeding car, and an older man and young naïve woman heading into the darkness. Nothing good can come of this, you think, but Melanie Finn surprises again and again. As harrowing as the novel is, page by page, the prose is luminous as it follows Rosie’s survival in the danger and beauty of the far north. The Hare is a brilliant, unflinching tale of gender, power, and entrapment."
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