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Christina Baker Kline is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and editor. Her novels include The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water. She is co-author, with Christina L. Baker, of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism and editor of Child of Mine: Original Essays on Becoming a Mother; Room to Grow: 22 Writers Encounter the Pleasures and Paradoxes of Raising Young Children; and Always Too Soon: Becoming an Orphan at Any Age, also published by Seal Press. She is currently Writer in Residence at Fordham University.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
New Books
September 2023

The Scenic Route
   Sweet Water (1993)
   Desire Lines (1998)
   The Way Life Should Be (2007)
   Bird in Hand (2009)
   Orphan Train (2013) (with Christine Baker Kline)
     aka Orphan Train Girl
   A Piece of the World (2017)
   The Exiles (2020)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Scenic Route (2023)
Non fiction
   Conversation Begins (1996) (with Christina Looper Baker)
   Child of Mine (1997)
   Room to Grow (1999)
   About Face (2008)
Christina Baker Kline recommends
A True Account (2023)
Katherine Howe
"This sweeping, ambitious novel secures Katherine Howe's place as one of today's best historical fiction writers. Combining a fast-paced, rollicking 18th-century story about a female pirate and a 20th-century mystery set in academia, Howe touches on identity, ambition, history, class, and culture. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, A True Account is a wild ride. I loved this book."
Morning in This Broken World (2023)
Katrina Kittle
"With compassion, candor, and humor, Katrina Kittle explores how a ragtag group of people on the verge can redefine what it means to be a family, in all its messy unpredictability. Told through multiple perspectives, this life-affirming, heartwarming novel captures the unlikely friendships and connections that can emerge out of perilous circumstances - and ultimately make life worth living."
Pete and Alice in Maine (2023)
Caitlin Shetterly
"Pete and Alice in Maine is a tender, big-hearted, clear-eyed portrait of a marriage, and a family, in crisis - set during the plague years when the entire world was in crisis. As she investigates the insidious effect of lies, betrayal, fear, and anger, not to mention the mundane joys and wrenching heartaches of everyday life, Caitlin Shetterly gets to the heart of what it means to be a family."
Little Monsters (2023)
Adrienne Brodeur
"Wrenching, psychologically complex, and emotionally satisfying, Little Monsters is an immersive pleasure. This sprawling, big-hearted family saga is about the lies we tell each other and ourselves that enable us to maintain alliances - and what happens when we start telling the truth."
Banyan Moon (2023)
Thao Thai
"A beautifully written, page-turning novel that explores the traumatic legacy of war, the complexity of cultural assimilation, and the intimacy of family conflict with fierce grace and psychological acuity. Banyan Moon is a celebration of life in all its forms and a joy to read."
The Secret Book of Flora Lea (2023)
Patti Callahan Henry
"Two sisters, dual time periods, a magical secret place, an abiding mystery--The Secret Book of Flora Lea is an enchanting story of survival against all odds. With her trademark warmth and a feather-light touch, Patti Callahan Henry weaves together events both real and imagined. Transporting, heartfelt, and atmospheric."

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