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Heather Young

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.

Genres: Mystery, Historical
   The Lost Girls (2016)
   The Distant Dead (2020)
Heather Young recommends
The Bitter Past (2023)
(Porter Beck, book 1)
Bruce Borgos
"The Bitter Past is a propulsive thriller set in the barren, haunted Nevada desert, anchored by damaged characters desperate to protect the people they love from violence they thought they'd outrun. Throw in the poisonous shadow cast by America's 1950s nuclear testing program, Cold War grudges simmering for half a century, and the nail-biting tension of a race against time, and you've got rural noir at its best."
Panther Gap (2023)
James A McLaughlin
"Set in the Colorado mountains and the desolate scrub of the Mexican border, Panther Gap is steeped in the soul of the West. It's also a high-stakes thriller that pits shadowy cartels and brutal prison gangs against a family that must depend on the complicated, fractured love that binds them to survive. The narrative tension is so gripping that I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. An ambitious, exquisitely crafted novel."
Stargazer (2022)
Laurie Petrou
"Readers who loved Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend will love Stargazer, a haunting tale of female friendship that explores the delicate and dangerous territory - in art and in love - that lies between inspiration and exploitation."

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