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Ron Hansen

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Ron Hansen is an American novelist, essayist, and professor.

Hansen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Creighton University. He then went on to graduate studies, receiving his MFA at the University of Iowa and receiving another Masters Degree from Stanford University.

As of 2006 he is the Gerald Manley Hopkins Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is married to the writer Bo Caldwell and is the stepfather of her two children, John Scott "Scotty" Caldwell Arnold and Kate Arnold. Scotty attends Hansen's place of employment, Santa Clara University, and Kate is pursuing her medical degree at Georgetown University.
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Ron Hansen
Short stories
Wilderness (1996)

PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1984) : The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1996) : Atticus
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1997) : Atticus

Ron Hansen recommends
Don't I Know You? (2006)
Karen Shepard
"A chilly, disquieting mystery."
A Watch of Nightingales (2008)
Liza Wieland
"There is a nobility and boldness to her characters that lends them a heroism missing from much modern fiction and makes these stories wholly absorbing adventures of the heart."
The Death of a Pope (2009)
Piers Paul Read
"Piers Paul Read has managed to combine sheer storytelling power with great learning and insight about the inner workings of the Church to fashion an entertainment of the highest order. If John le Carre took on Vatican politics, his book of suspense might aspire to be much like this one."
Fractures (2013)
Lamar Herrin
"Lamar Herrin's Fractures is a brilliantly conceived and executed novel that illustrates how coping with familial dysfunctions can help us understand and deal with the more deadly dysfunctions of society. Here's one of my favorite writers at his finest."
The Which Way Tree (2018)
Elizabeth Crook
"Not since True Grit have I read a novel this charming, exciting, suspenseful, and pitch-perfect. The Which Way Tree is winning from first page to last."

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