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Margarita Montimore

After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Margarita Montimore worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog.

Margarita writes upmarket/literary fiction that tends to be left of center and flirt with multiple genres. She loves all things dark, strange, and surreal, but is also optimistic—verging on quixotic—and a pop culture geek, so her work tends to incorporate all those elements to varying degrees.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Science Fiction
   Asleep from Day (2018)
   The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart (2020)
     aka Oona Out of Order
   Acts of Violet (2022)
Margarita Montimore recommends
The White Coat Diaries (2020)
Madi Sinha
"An engrossing story featuring an endearing protagonist. Madi Sinha offers a compelling glimpse into the world of medicine and desi culture through Norah Kapadia, a witty, fierce, memorable character. As Norah navigates her personal and professional struggles, she may falter, but she's never defeated. Readers will delight in her self-discovery and development—both as a doctor and an individual."
My Brilliant Life (2021)
Ae-ran Kim
"This novel snuck up on me and captured my heart."
The Darkest Flower (2021)
(Allison Barton, book 1)
Kristin Wright
"Impressive and intoxicating. The women inhabiting this story are bold, clever, complex, and deliciously thorny—quick to show you what they’re capable of if you dare underestimate them. This book is a dark delight, and Kristin Wright is an author I’ll be closely watching."
The Other Me (2021)
Sarah Zachrich Jeng
"Breathtaking, inventive, and irresistible... Who hasn't wondered what alternate versions of their lives might look like?...As relatable as it is suspenseful, cleverly exploring adulthood, identity, and shifting realities. A knockout debut."
This Might Hurt (2022)
Stephanie Wrobel
"A sharp and intriguing look at reinvention and self-empowerment. This Might Hurt follows three women, each confronting her own set of fears, with revelations and consequences that are unexpected and chilling, right up to the jaw-dropping finale. Dark and twisted in all the right places, I did not want to stop reading this book."
The Impossible Us (2022)
Sarah Lotz
"Clever, unexpected, and delightfully twisted - in other words, the perfect love story. The Impossible Us is built on brilliant concept that pushes at the boundaries of convention - and the laws of physics. I loved it in this dimension, and if there are versions of me in alternate dimensions, I'm sure they loved it, too."
The Bartender's Cure (2022)
Wesley Straton
"The Bartender's Cure is an evocative coming-of-age story and captivating glimpse into the world of bartending and cocktail lore. Wesley Straton's prose is simultaneously restrained and dazzling, and protagonist Samantha Fisher is tough yet tender, singular yet familiar. This is one book hangover I'm in no hurry to recover from."
Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair (2022)
June Gervais
"A colorful coming-of-age story brimming with gorgeous prose and vibrant misfits, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of tattooing in the 1980s. This novel is for anyone who's ever searched for their place in the world or fought for their dreams--in other words, everyone."
The Night Shift (2022)
Natalka Burian
"A wildly imaginative and utterly addictive novel that had me eagerly turning pages late into the night. Natalka Burian's clever concept of an NYC peppered with mysterious shortcuts lays the foundation for a propulsive story which also offers a thoughtful examination of self-preservation, vulnerability, and human connection."

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