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Caroline Leavitt

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Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow, Pictures of You, Girls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines, Meeting Rozzy Halfway. Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical, Romance
Caroline Leavitt recommends
Sheet Music (2003)
M J Rose
"No one writes so simply and superbly about such lush things as food and sex as M.J. Rose -- and at the same time, gets deep inside the heart and mind of a wonderfully complicated heroine. Literate and page-turning, Sheet Music's all about how we think we know the people we love--and we don't. And how we love them anyway. Enthralling."
The Way Life Should Be (2007)
Christina Baker Kline
"THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE is the way a great read should be -- incredibly moving, beautifully written, and with characters so alive you want them to come and visit. Kline's lucid take on finding out who we really are, and what we really need in our lives is nothing short of brilliant."
The Raising (2011)
Laura Kasischke
"Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable."
The Orphan Sister (2011)
Gwendolen Gross
"Breathtakingly original. A haunting exploration of love, loyalty, sisters, hope, and the ties that bind us together--and make the ground tremble beneath us when they break. I loved, loved, loved this novel."
Outside the Lines (2012)
Amy Hatvany
"Exquisitely rendered."
Alligator Lake (2012)
Lynne Bryant
"A lyrical, gorgeous novel."
The Memory Thief (2012)
Emily Colin
"A mesmerizing debut: dazzlingly original and as haunting as a dream."
Hemingway's Girl (2012)
Erika Robuck
"Robuck's breathtaking alchemy is to put us inside the world of Hemingway and his wife Pauline."
The Orphans of Race Point (2014)
Patry Francis
"Set against the coast of Provincetown, Patry Francis’s fierce, ravishing epic cuts deep to the bone.... Tender, violent, and alive, it’s also unforgettable."
One More Day (2016)
Kelly Simmons
"Beautifully dark, totally devastating, and so Riveting you might find yourself gripping the pages."
Folly Cove (2016)
Holly Robinson
"[A] luminous novel."
Setting Free the Kites (2017)
Alex George
"Funny, devastating, and so human and humane, this novel is filled with characters so alive and complex."
Gypsy Moth Summer (2017)
Julia Fierro
"Masterpiece is often a word that is casually tossed around, but it fits Fierro's work, which is so richly alive, so poetic, it is truly Shakespearean tragedy. I had a sense of wonder that someone could craft a novel as perfect as this one, but then I remembered this is a Julia Fierro novel, so the only answer to that wonder is of course, of course, of course, she could?and she did."
George and Lizzie (2017)
Nancy Pearl
"As sparkling as Prosecco, as jubilantly quirky and inventive a love story as you could ever want, and a jigsaw puzzle you never want to finish--as in what makes Lizzie and George who they are? And how will they fit together? What can I say? If I could marry a novel, this wise, witty and rapturously inventive book would be it."
The Last to See Me (2017)
(Last Ghost, book 1)
M Dressler
"Hauntingly original, provocative and dashed with wit--this literary ghost story changed the way I see the world."
Love and Other Consolation Prizes (2017)
Jamie Ford
"How does a novel genius top himself? Jamie Ford’s newest takes an extraordinary moment in history, where vice lives alongside innocence, and transforms it into a dazzling, hold-your-breath story about the families we make and the ones we are thrust into, about who we are, and who we dreamed we could be. Irresistibly magnificent!"
Strangers in Budapest (2017)
Jessica Keener
"A bold, brave, and dazzlingly original tale about home, loss, and the persistence of love."
The Days When Birds Come Back (2018)
Deborah Reed
"In Reed’s achingly exquisite latest, two scarred-by-life souls—a divorcee and a man toppled by tragedy—hide from their pasts by together renovating an old Oregon house. About the love we’ve lost, the mistakes and secrets we're afraid to reveal, and a haunting reminder that second chances aren’t just given—we have to be brave enough to earn them. A blindingly beautiful book."
The Girls in the Picture (2018)
Melanie Benjamin
"Melanie Benjamin, known for her living, breathing portraits of famous figures, takes on the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the friendship between icons Mary Pickford and screenwriter Frances Marion. As riveting as the latest blockbuster, this is a star-studded story of female friendships, creative sparks about to ignite, and the power of women. Dazzling."
A Matter of Chance (2018)
Julie Maloney
"How do we hold on to the things we’ve lost? In Maloney’s incandescent novel, an eight-year-old girl vanishes, leading to a heart-wrenching exploration about what it means to look after your own, the mystery of how and why we leave, and what is taken from us when we do. Beautifully written and impossible to forget."
Gateway to the Moon (2018)
Mary Morris
"Written in prose like music, with stories connecting like fugues, Morris follows her characters through time, through space, and through horrors and toward love. From Columbus to the Spanish Inquisition to modern day New Mexico and the Voyager spacecraft, this is a work so luminous, so important, that you could see it as a map of the way to live in our universe. A writer is not supposed to be at a loss for words, but nothing can describe the extraordinary experience of this novel. A dazzling masterpiece destined to be a classic."
The Magnificent Esme Wells (2018)
Adrienne Sharp
"Violent and voluptuous; heartbreaking and profound, The Magnificent Esme Wells is about the losses we endure, and the love we keep betting on, despite the odds. Truly, a showstopper."
Paris by the Book (2018)
Liam Callanan
"A haunting literary mystery and a multifaceted love story of husbands gone missing, of daughters left behind, of starting over, of books, and finally, of Paris. I love, love this novel."
The Ones We Choose (2018)
Julie Clark
"How could I not love a debut about science, secrets, DNA, and how the traumas of our ancestors still live within our very cells? With gorgeous prose, and a deep emotional resonance, The Ones We Choose is about the science of love, how our DNA shapes us, and a mother’s fierce battle to protect her son while confronting what really makes our identity ours, what and who we choose to let in, and what and who we don’t. An absolutely dazzling, profound ruby of a novel."
Eagle & Crane (2018)
Suzanne Rindell
"Wildly ambitious and filled with heartbreak (I love heartbreak), Suzanne Rindell’s third novel mesmerizingly pilots us through the Depression, the 1930s, Pearl Harbor, and the love one fierce young woman has for two very different aviators. Passionate, profound and an absolutely daredevil act of imagination."
The Masterpiece (2018)
Fiona Davis
"How could I not adore a book set in New York City, my favorite city in the world? A soaringly smart page-turner about art, history, memory, and how two blazingly unique women, separated and yet bound together by different decades, struggle to find their place and make their world their own. Magnificent."
Rust & Stardust (2018)
T Greenwood
"Greenwood’s glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written, Rust and Stardust is a lot about how what we believe to be true can shape or ruin a life, and the bright lure of innocence pitted against the murk of evil. So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath, and so gorgeous and so unsettling in all the roads it might have taken, I kept re-reading pages."
A Well Behaved Woman (2018)
Therese Anne Fowler
"The best biographical novels reveal a life we never expected to know, and here, in Fowler's jaw-droppingly brilliant A Well-Behaved Woman, she uncovers Alva Smith, who was supposed to be proper and conventional, but instead she not only launched the Vanderbilt's Guilded Age dynasty, but dug in her heels to defy her times in ways that were nothing short of revolutionary. Not just breathtakingly alive, but dazzlingly and profoundly timely. A must-read masterpiece."
Bittersweet Brooklyn (2018)
Thelma Adams
"Thelma Adams is our new Dickens in her effervescently vivid tale of Jewish hardscrabble living, gangsters, torn-apart families, and a young woman desperate for love, family, and a stable future. Set in a 1920s and 30s Brooklyn so rich, raw, and bristling with life that you can taste the brine on the deli pickles and see the flasks of whiskey hidden in a garter, this is the kind of novel that’s lived, rather than read."
The Liar's Child (2019)
Carla Buckley
"Buckley’s provocative and passionately drawn new novel may be set against an exciting outer storm, but it’s the complex inner storms of her nuanced characters that had me gripping the pages. I just loved this book."
Queen of the Owls (2020)
Barbara Linn Probst
"A stunner about...what it means to be really seen. Gorgeously written."

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