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Nancy Thayer

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Nantucket novelist Nancy Thayer is the author of sixteen novels, including The Hot Flash Series (Hot Flash Holidays, The Hot Flash Club, The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again), Custody, Between Husbands and Friends, An Act of Love, Belonging, Three Women at the Water's Edge, and Everlasting, a Main Dual selection of the Literary Guild in 1991. Nancy Thayer's books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships: marriage and friendships, divorce and love, custody and step parenting, family secrets and private self-affirmation, the quest for independence and the normal human hunger for personal connections.

Her work has been translated into German, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Portuguese and her novels have been condensed or excerpted in several magazines, including a three-part mystery novella in Redbook. Her first novel, Stepping, was made into a 13-part series for BBC Radio and her ghost novel Spirit Lost was produced as a movie by United Image Entertainment.Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Before settling down to write and start a family, she taught English at various colleges and traveled, living in Paris, Amsterdam, and Helsinki. In 1981 she was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writer's Conference.

She has lived on Nantucket Island, MA year-round since 1984 with her husband Charley Walters. She has two children: Josh and Sam.
Nancy Thayer recommends
Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes (2006)
(Kudzu Debutantes, book 1)
Cathy Holton
"It's great fun reading about these women as they trade their tea for tequila and get smart, get out, and get even, with amusing, and surprising results."
Miss You Most of All (2010)
Elizabeth Bass
"A funny, poignant, and deeply satisfying novel. What I loved about it most of all was the authentic portrait of a family with all its imperfect and humble acts of love-those things that truly make our lives worthwhile."
The Lake Season (2015)
Hannah McKinnon
"Hannah McKinnon's The Lake Season is a pure delight. Iris Standish is such an appealing woman, handling an overload of family calamities with good sense and good will, not to mention a few really good times. It's a bonus that the setting on Lake Hampstead is as enticing and refreshing as McKinnon's voice."
The Bloom Girls (2017)
Emily Cavanagh
"Emily Cavanagh’s The Bloom Girls unfolds as smoothly as petals on summer flowers. This novel will be nectar to anyone who has a deep secret, a troubled love, or a wonderful, irritating, comforting family."
The Halo Effect (2017)
Anne D Leclaire
"After I finished reading The Halo Effect, I sat thinking for a long time about the people in this beautiful novel, so much like the ones I know and love."
White Sand, Blue Sea (2017)
Anita Hughes
"In WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, Anita Hughes enchants us with a beautiful family vacationing on a gorgeous Caribbean island. Then a charming and infuriating man comes along to spice up the mix. I couldn’t imagine how it would all turn out, but I savored each delectable page."
Good Karma (2017)
Christina Kelly
"Good Karma is a fast-paced, funny, great good fortune of a novel that has it all: a love story, a mystery, eccentrics, adorable dogs, and even an alligator. Christina Kelly has a talent for touching our hearts even as she has us falling off the sofa with laughter."
Women in Sunlight (2018)
Frances Mayes
"Frances Mayes's novel about the feasts and friendships of four American women in the Tuscan countryside is a joy for the senses and an awakening for us all to the possibilities in our lives. Women in Sunlight is one of those novels you'll want to linger in, to leave open on your bedside table, to read each page again and again."

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