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."
The Other Side of Everything (2018)
Lauren Doyle Owens
"The Other Side of Everything is a riveting murder mystery that also, amid all the fabulous mayhem, offers a tender, empathetic exploration of what it's like to stand at life's two great precipices: adolescence and old age. You won't be able to put it down, and after you turn the last page you won't forget its characters, young and old, who struggle to find the seeds of renewal in the shadow of tragedy. This is a fantastic debut."
You Were Made for This (2018)
"You Were Made For This plumbs the darkness that can lie at the core of the most intimate of relationships: between husband and wife, lifelong friends, even mother and child. Michelle Sacks has a gift for empathy, and her broken sinners are so tenderly drawn that even at their worst they remain heartbreakingly human. She's also written the most complex and relatable female friendship I've read in years."
The Quintland Sisters (2019)
"...a stunning novel...Meticulously researched and sensitively told, this book is a journey not to be missed."
How Quickly She Disappears (2020)
"A masterful psychological thriller that, like the best of the genre, rests squarely on richly developed characters with complicated, sometimes malignant, motivations."
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