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Mary Doria Russell

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Mary Doria Russell was born in the suburbs of Chicago. Her parents were both in the military: her father was a Marine Corps drill instructor, and her mother was a Navy nurse. She graduated from Glenbard East High School and later she earned a Ph.D in biological anthropology at the University of Michigan. She was raised as a Catholic but left the church at age fifteen, and her struggles to figure out how much of that culture to pass on to her children fueled the prominence of religion in her work.

Russell currently lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, with her husband, Don. They have a son, Dan

Genres: Science Fiction, Western, Historical Mystery
   1. The Sparrow (1996)
   2. Children of God (1998)
   A Thread of Grace (2005)
   Dreamers of the Day (2008)
   Doc (2011)
   Epitaph (2015)
   The Women of the Copper Country (2019)
Mary Doria Russell recommends
The Musical Mozinskis (2024)
Susan Petrone
"What do we owe one another and what is owed to us? The Musical Mozinskis asks one of the fundamental questions of family life: can love really be unconditional?"
Anything But Yes (2023)
Joie Davidow
"A compelling account of the intersection of sincere faith and abusive political power."
No One's Home (2019)
D M Pulley
"HGTV meets Stephen King—creepy, spooky fun!"

More recommendations 

James Tiptree, Jr. Award Best Book winner (1996) : The Sparrow
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1997) : The Sparrow
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book winner (1998) : The Sparrow
British Science Fiction Association Best Novel winner (1998) : The Sparrow
John W. Campbell Best New Author winner (1998)
John W. Campbell Best Book winner (1998) : The Sparrow
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1999) : Children of God

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