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John Searles

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Born and raised in Monroe, Connecticut, John Searles is the son of a truck-driver father and stay-at-home mom. After high school, Searles worked at the DuPont factory close to his hometown. He quickly realized that the job wasn't for him and set his sights on becoming the first in his family to graduate college. He earned an undergraduate degree from the state university in Connecticut before moving to New York City to attend New York University on a writing scholarship. His stories were quick to receive recognition at the school, winning two top literary awards. After completing his MFA, Searles took a job at Redbook magazine reading fiction submissions for fifty cents a story. He soon moved onto a part-time position in the books department at Cosmopolitan, where he is now the Deputy Editor overseeing all book coverage for the magazine.

Upon the publication of his first novel in 2001, Time named him a "Person to Watch" and the New York Daily News dubbed him a "New Yorker to Watch." Searles appears frequently on morning shows such as NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, Live! with Regis & Kelly and CNN, where he discusses his favorite seasonal book selections. He is at work on his third novel to be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2010.

Genres: Mystery

John Searles recommends
Luckiest Girl Alive (2015)
Jessica Knoll
"The most compelling debut novel I've read in years! LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE is intriguing, surprising, and even shockingly funny at times. And Ani FaNelli is a complex, heartbreaking, and unforgettable heroine."
The Last Woman in the Forest (2019)
Diane Les Becquets
"A taut, well-crafted thriller that pulls readers in from the very first page and keeps them guessing until the very last. All this, while also illuminating universal truths about intuition, trust, and love."
Rules for Being Dead (2020)
Kim Powers
"Tenderhearted and touching, Rules for Being Dead is imbued with the imagination and emotion of such beloved books as The Lovely Bones and Ellen Foster. The narrative is laced with nostalgic references (from Elvis movies to mentions of Don Knotts and TV shows like Family Affair) that bring to life a forgotten time. All these elements come together to create a vibrant backdrop to the story of one family’s unexpected loss and journey toward healing."

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