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Marisa de los Santos

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Marisa de los Santos grew up in Baltimore and Northern Virginia and attended the University of Virginia. After graduation, she received her M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She achieved her earliest success as an award-winning poet, and her work has been published in several literary journals. In 2000, her debut collection, From the Bones Out, appeared as part of the James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series.

Genres: Romance

   From the Bones Out (poems) (1999)
Anthologies containing stories by Marisa de los Santos
Short stories
Wiglaf (1998)

Marisa de los Santos recommends
Nice to Come Home to (2008)
Rebecca Flowers
"You will know Pru Whistler the way you know real people, and you'll miss her the second you finish the book."
The Atlas of Love (2010)
Laurie Frankel
"Beautifully written, a highly literate story of friendship, parenthood, and every other kind of love you can imagine."
Simply from Scratch (2010)
Alicia Bessette
"A fresh, stirring take on the devastation of grief and the holiness of friendship."
The Ninth Wife (2011)
Amy Stolls
"I love this book’s deft, fresh take on male-female relationships. As Amy Stolls takes us into the minds, hearts, and histories of Bess and Rory, we grapple with the thorny, thrilling truth that love is always complicated, always—every time, every day—a risk."
Keepsake (2012)
Kristina Riggle
"This story of two sisters... is as unflinching as it is compassionate. I was pulled in from the first page."
A Simple Thing (2012)
Kathleen McCleary
"There is much to love about A Simple Thing: the way it transports you to another world; its delicate explorations of guilt and forgiveness; its lovely prose. But what I treasure most are its characters."
The Preservationist (2013)
Justin Kramon
"A perfectly paced thriller. Each character is rich, haunted, and compellingly alive."
This Was Not the Plan (2016)
Cristina Alger
"This Was Not the Plan has everything I love in a story: wit; fresh, stunningly human characters; pitch-perfect sentences; piercing emotion; a big, gorgeous mess of a family; and a big, gorgeous heart. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again."
The Nearness of you (2017)
Amanda Eyre Ward
"The Nearness of You includes everything I love about Amanda Eyre Ward's books: edgy eloquence, ingenious plotting, and relationships that are never, not for a single paragraph, simple or predictable."
The Real Michael Swann (2018)
Bryan Reardon
"Bryan Reardon's compelling new novel lives at the intersection of ripped-from-the-headlines catastrophe and abiding, deeply personal human love. Julia and Michael's marriage is so finely drawn that Julia's crisis of faith in her husband felt every bit as crucial to me as the national horror unfolding around her. The marriage, at least as much as the mystery, kept me up late, with my heart in my throat, turning pages."
Into the Unbounded Night (2020)
Mitchell James Kaplan
"Kaplan's prose is so rich and agile I felt I was breathing the air of these ancient places, and his evocation of character is no less palpable. Fully embodied and driven by ambition, grief, the clear-eyed desire for truth, and fierce maternal love, these characters plunge, march, and stumble toward their fascinating and entangled destinies."

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