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Helen Schulman

Helen Schulman is an American novelist, short story, non-fiction, and screenwriter born in April 1961. Her fifth novel, This Beautiful Life, was an international bestseller, and was chosen in the 100 Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
   Not a Free Show (1988)
   Gifts of God (poems) (1989)
   Haiku Reflections (poems) (2019)
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The Possessions (2017)
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With or Without You (2020)
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The Northern Reach (2021)
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The Shimmering State (2021)
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Walk the Vanished Earth (2022)
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