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Cornelia Read

Cornelia Read knows old-school WASP culture firsthand, having been born into the tenth (and last) generation of her mother's family to live on Oyster Bay's Centre Island. She was subsequently raised near Big Sur by divorced hippie-renegade parents. Her childhood mentors included Sufis, surfers, single moms, Black Panthers, Ansel Adams, draft dodgers, striking farmworkers, and Henry Miller's toughest ping-pong rival.

At fifteen, Read returned east, attending boarding school and college on full scholarship. While in New York, she did time as a debutante at the Junior Assemblies, worming her way back into the Social Register following her expulsion when a regrettable tantrum on the part of her mother's boyfriend's wife landed them all on "Page Six" of the New York Post.

Today, her Bostonian Great-Grandmother Fabyan's Society of Mayflower Descendants membership parchment is proudly displayed at the back of Read's tiny linen closet in Berkeley, California. She continues to rebel against familial tradition by staying married to a lovely sane man who is gainfully employed. They have twin daughters, the younger of whom has severe autism.
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2007) : A Field of Darkness
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2007) : A Field of Darkness
Edgar Awards Best First Novel nominee (2007) : A Field of Darkness
Macavity Awards Best First Novel nominee (2007) : A Field of Darkness

Cornelia Read recommends
Veil of Lies (2008)
(Crispin Guest Medieval Noir, book 1)
Jeri Westerson
"A great read, through and through. Westerson's finely wrought portrait of gritty Medieval London is embued with great wit and poignancy. Crispin Guest is a knight to remember."
Swift Justice (2010)
(Charlie Swift , book 1)
Laura DiSilverio
"Laura DiSilverio is a tremendous new talent, and her Charlie Swift is a feisty heroine you'll root for from the very first page. This is a magnificent debut, and I can't wait to find out what Charlie and Gigi get up to next."

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