Joanna Hershon

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Joanna Hershon

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Average rating: 3.29 · 2,318 ratings · 364 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 1,097 ratings — published 2000 — 10 editions
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A Dual Inheritance
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The German Bride
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The Outside of August
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"This is a great summer read, that roams the decades and fascinates the distinct places and periods of time. It is a book in which an unlikely friendship is possible. The book shows the relationship towards two college buddies who meet at Harvard i..." Read more of this review »
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" I've settled on my "beach read" book for 2013: Joanna Hershon's "A Dual Inheritance."

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"This is a big, ambitious novel with lots of interesting characters, whose life stories we follow. I enjoyed the scenes set in the sixties, although Hugh and Ed, the unlikely friends at the heart of the novel, experienced college life a few years b..." Read more of this review »
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“And now they were across the world in a wholly new place, but -- and she wasn't sure what this meant -- every new place reminded her of an old place. The moon, after all, was still the moon.”
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Kelly Hi Joanna,
Thanks for adding me as a friend! Your book Swimming is one of my all time favorites. The story has stayed with me since reading it several years ago. I was thrilled to see you have a new book coming out soon, The German Bride. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
:) Kelly

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

P.S.—I’m currently offering autographed/personally-inscribed copies of my novel, Vacation, with free shipping for those in the US. If there’s anything you could do to help me spread the word about this, I’d really appreciate it. Feel free to click here for details:

Adonis happy new year!

Jeremy Hi Joanna!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

Jeremy Hi Joanna!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite novel of all time?

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous friendships, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)

Joanna excellent-- i'm so pleased. i hope you enjoy.

Joanna, I've added Swimming, The Outside of August and The German Bride to my to-read list.

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