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Julie Schumacher

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Julie Schumacher's first published story, "Reunion," was included in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Since then she's been writing about family relationships and parents and children for adult as well as younger readers. She is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota and lives with her family in St. Paul.

Genres: Literary Fiction
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Rainlight (1998)
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Chronicles of a Radical Hag (2019)
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The Sun Collective (2020)
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"Only the supremely talented Charles Baxter could write a novel that combines blistering social critique with humor, mysticism, passion, and grief. The Sun Collective speaks directly to the unsettled time in which we live. The characters in this brilliant, beautiful, and deeply insightful book will live on in your imagination for years."
Better Luck Next Time (2021)
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"Do you want to read something funny? Let’s say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s? A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex? A feel-good literary comedy/western? Here it is, then, the book you've been looking for: Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time."
After Francesco (2021)
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"Furious, funny, and beautiful, After Francesco immerses the reader in the crisis of the AIDS epidemic in 1980s in New York. Brian Malloy has created a cast of characters so memorable--so vividly witty and aggrieved and brave and bewildered--you'll never want to put this novel down."
The Latinist (2022)
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"A novel about love and scholarship, ego and obsession, coercion and consent-a brilliant, marvelously infuriating puzzle of a book that combines the globe-trotting exploits of The Da Vinci Code with the smarts and literary gifts of A. S. Byatt. A terrific debut!"
Happy for You (2022)
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The Poet's House (2022)
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Sirens & Muses (2022)
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