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Tawni O'Dell

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Tawni O'Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of Fragile Beasts, Sister Mine, Coal Run, and Back Roads, which was an Oprah's Book Club pick and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Tawni's screen adaptation of Back Roads is currently in development to be made into a film with Adrian Lyne set to direct. Her work has been translated into 15 languages and been published in over 30 countries.

Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she writes about with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before moving back to Pennsylvania where she now lives with her two children.

Genres: General Fiction
   Back Roads (2000)
   Coal Run (2004)
   Sister Mine (2007)
   Fragile Beasts (2010)
   One of Us (2014)
   Angels Burning (2016)
Tawni O'Dell recommends
The Wild Inside (2015)
(Glacier Mystery, book 1)
Christine Carbo
"The brutality and fragility of Glacier National Park's wilderness provides the perfect backdrop for this well-crafted, absorbing novel about the barbarities and kindnesses of the humans living on its edge. Christine Carbo is a writer to watch."
Where All Light Tends to Go (2015)
David Joy
"Compelling and authentic . . . a harsh tale of young love's tender hopes set against the brutal realities of ruined Appalachia. Jacob McNeely's story is one worth reading."

Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (2000) : Back Roads

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