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Shelby Van Pelt

When Shelby Van Pelt isn’t feeding her flash-fiction addiction, she’s juggling cats while wrangling children. Her debut novel, REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES, was published by HarperCollins in May 2022. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she’s currently missing the mountains in the suburbs of Chicago. Find her at, on Twitter @shelbyvanpelt, and Instagram @shelbyvanpeltwrites.

Genres: General Fiction
Shelby Van Pelt recommends
The Love Elixir of Augusta Stern (2024)
Lynda Cohen Loigman
"Mix equal parts humor, heart, and hope and you'll get The Love Elixir of Augusta Stern, a sparkling ode to second chances. I adored Augusta on both of the book's timelines, delighting in both her razor-sharp wit as a present-day Floridian retiree and her unrelenting curiosity as a grieving motherless child, in Brooklyn, whose life is upended by an aunt who appears to have spiritual healing powers. Lynda Cohen Loigman's latest is a must-read that will leave you believing in the power of believing."
True North (2024)
Andrew J Graff
"If you've ever loved a special place in the woods, True North will flood you with all the feels. Andrew Graff's clear-eyed, sensitive examination of marriage, family, and community weaves through a delightful story of whitewater adventure and small-town tension that's impossible to put down. I loved it!"
Eli Harpo's Adventure to the Afterlife (2024)
Eric Schlich
"Hilarious and big-hearted, Eli Harpo's Adventure to the Afterlife is both a delicious romp through a fictional theme park and a nuanced exploration of why we cling to our own lore, and what it takes to let it go. I actually did both laugh and cry. Eric Schlich's satire of evangelism is pitch-perfect, coaxing out absurdities while maintaining the integrity of his well-drawn, complex characters. An ideal selection for book clubs!"

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