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Amanda Eyre Ward

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Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City, and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in various literary reviews and magazines. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, geologist Tip Meckel. She is a regular contributor to The Austin Chronicle.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Amanda Eyre Ward recommends
The Slow Moon (2006)
Elizabeth Cox
"I am always searching for the perfect read: A combination of eloquent sentences and a gripping narrative, and I was simply entranced by The Slow Moon. Each character is fully alive, and I savored discovering how one mistake transforms their town. This book is heartbreaking and hopeful."
The Last Bridge (2009)
Teri Coyne
"Teri Coyne grabbed me from the first page and never let me go. I read through the night until I came to the last lovely chapter. The Last Bridge is a whirlwind of a book."
White Fur (2017)
Jardine Libaire
"White Fur is glorious: dark, dirty, and sexy, lit up with yearning and raw, young love. Libaire's sentences left me breathless. This is a Roman candle of a novel. I absolutely loved it."
My Name Is Venus Black (2018)
Heather Lloyd
"Lloyd has created a raw, rich character, who won me over completely. Her search for peace and belonging is utterly riveting."
The Real Michael Swann (2018)
Bryan Reardon
"What begins as a portrait of a modern marriage swiftly evolves into a shocking, complex examination of the American Dream--what it was, what it has become, and what remains. Both a love story and a brilliant social commentary, The Real Michael Swann moved me deeply and kept me turning pages deep into the night."
Big Woods (2018)
May Cobb
"Big Woods is a nuanced family story and also a heart-stopping thriller with surprising twists. Cobb taps into the fabulous 80s sensibility of Stranger Things and also into our deepest fears about safety, evil, trust, and the power of faith in what we don't understand. I couldn't put it down."
The House on Fripp Island (2020)
Rebecca Kauffman
"A novel full of secrets set in a stunning beach house is my definition of a perfect summer read ... Bring plenty of sunscreen when you take this book to the beach, you'll be reading all day long."
The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes (2020)
Elissa R Sloan
"I didn't know I was waiting for a smart, literary writer to craft a novel about the rise and fall of a teen star akin to Britney Spears until I discovered The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes. A witty, bright, hilarious—and at times devastating—read. I loved it."
Sorrow and Bliss (2020)
Meg Mason
"Sorrow and Bliss is hilarious, haunting, and utterly captivating. Meg Mason has created a heroine as prickly as Bernadette in Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Her humor is as arch and wise as the best work of Joan Didion and Rachel Cusk, yet completely original. What a thrilling new voice!"
Good Eggs (2021)
Rebecca Hardiman
"The novel is sheer delight, from the moment we meet the prickly, fabulous Millie Gogarty until her final surprise on the last page. What a pleasure to be immersed in the story of a tangled family who you just KNOW are going to come through in the end. I loved Good Eggs!"
All Together Now (2021)
Matthew Norman
"All Together Now—a delightful novel about the meaning of friendship and how we dream of being remembered by those closest to us—won me from the first page. Matthew Norman’s latest made me wish I were reading it alongside its warm, wonderful characters on a sunny beach: eating too much, telling secrets, and maybe even getting a matching tattoo. . . . A fabulous vacation of a book!"
Rock the Boat (2021)
Beck Dorey-Stein
"Rock the Boat is the warm, wonderful escape I've been wishing for. A novel with gorgeous sentences and complex, kind characters set in a Garden State beach town—what more could you want? Mix yourself a Paloma and sink in. . . . Dorey-Stein’s debut novel is sheer delight."
Shoulder Season (2021)
Christina Clancy
"I adored the story of Sherri, an unlikely Playboy Bunny, and her wild and poignant adventures inside the Lake Geneva Playboy Resort. Both a tender coming of age novel and a sun-drenched ride, Shoulder Season is an absolute pleasure."
The Wonder Test (2021)
Michelle Richmond
"Fast-paced and smart, thoughtful and full of heart. I never thought a book could combine the thrilling twists of a Sue Grafton novel and the literary complexity of the best Tana French, but Michelle Richmond has done it."
Wahala (2022)
Nikki May
"Utterly winning... brings to mind Sex and the City but feels more modern, more real. When I closed Nikki May's delicious, hilarious novel, I felt I was returning to joy. I knew it was time to call my friends... time to get into some good wahala of my own."
The Unsinkable Greta James (2022)
Jennifer E Smith
"I burst into tears at the end of Jennifer E. Smith's gorgeous, heartfelt The Unsinkable Greta James - tears of surprised happiness. I loved traveling to Alaska with the wild and tender Greta, and found her escape from her life as a literal rock star an addictive journey. Each evening, I looked forward to opening the novel and rejoining Greta's adventure, and will miss her - and her music - now that I've turned the final beautiful page."
Let's Not Do That Again (2022)
Grant Ginder
"Let's Not Do That Again combines the wit and hilarity of Ginder's previous work with a deep examination of the confounding world we're finding our way through today. Pour a glass of your favorite bubbly and get ready to savor this important, brilliant novel."
The Wise Women (2022)
Gina Sorell
"I laughed and shook my head in recognition as the three Wise women crashed through love relationships, terrible advice, and delightful moments of connection. The Wise Women is a smart and tender novel about how hard - and vital - it is to find the place where we belong."
First Time for Everything (2022)
Henry Fry
"First Time for Everything is a wild novel about rage and joy. Danny Scudd is a young Londoner trying to discern between his persona and his truth. His journey is hilarious, tender, raw, and heart-stoppingly moving. I adored this powerful, wonderful book."
Vacationland (2022)
Meg Mitchell Moore
"What a pleasure to open Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore and be invited for the summer to midcoast Maine. A novel full of rich, complex characters, deep blue-gray ocean views, and simmering secrets, Vacationland is as sophisticated and delicious as lobster bisque."

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