Heather Young grew up the daughter of transplanted Iowans, and spent her childhood summers at a Minnesota lake with her Midwestern relatives. As a close observer of the small-town Midwest particularly the way its families protect and even nurture their darkest secrets she became fascinated with its unique sensibility. Her first novel, The Lost Girls, is set on a remote lake in northern Minnesota near a town like the one where four generations of her family are buried.
Heather now lives in northern California with her husband and two children. After receiving her law degree from the University of Virginia, she practiced law in San Francisco for a number of years before beginning her writing career. She received an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars in 2011, and continued her education at the Tin House Writers Workshop and the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop.
Heather Young recommends
The Drifter (2017)
"The Drifter is a gripping thriller deepened by an examination of the intense and life-altering friendships young women form at the beginning of adulthood that rings with poignant truth. I could not put it down."
The Lightkeeper's Daughters (2017)
Jean E Pendziwol
"Captured me from the very first page. . . . Crisply rendered. . . . A sensitive and moving examination of the nature of identity, the importance of family, and the possibility of second chances."
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