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Beth Kephart

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Though I've been writing since I was nine years old, I didn't publish beyond my high school literary journal until I was a new mother. My first published essay was in Iowa Woman; subsequently, I published short stories in dozens of literary magazines—learning, always, what worked or what didn't by reading far more than I wrote.

My first book, A SLANT OF SUN, a memoir, was a National Book Award finalist. My second, INTO THE TANGLE OF FRIENDSHIP, was supported by an NEA grant. These gifts give a writer momentum, and hope. To date I've published five memoirs, an autobiography of a river called FLOW: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PHILADELPHIA'S SCHUYLKILL RIVER, and the first of what will be four young adult novels for HarperTeen. UNDERCOVER has been n...more


I bought History of the Rain because Melissa Firman said I should, and because I trust this fine reader/writer/reviewer.

I read it because it is glorious. Irish and tangled and and caught, at times, in its own whirl, its own strange uncharted loveliness. It is a story about failure that is, itself, a victory of style, foresight, love. A book of tangents and a-chronology, of curves and mist. A... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.58 · 4,371 ratings · 1,161 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
Small Damages
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 1,087 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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Undercover
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 702 ratings — published 2007 — 12 editions
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You Are My Only
3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 669 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Nothing but Ghosts
3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 364 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
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Going Over
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 295 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Dangerous Neighbors
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 2010 — 7 editions
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House of Dance
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 206 ratings — published 2008 — 14 editions
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A Slant of Sun: One Child's...
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The Heart is Not a Size
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ZENOBIA: The Curious Book of Business (Business & Investing)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: an Alice in Wonderland-like fable about the power of the imagination (and courage) in corporate America
FLOW: The Life and Times of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River (History)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: a hybrid work of history and prose poetry, an autobiography of a river
UNDERCOVER (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: the story of an aspiring high school poet who sheds a cloak of social invisibility and finally becomes herself

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“Have you ever watched a leaf leave a tree? It falls upward first, and then it drifts toward the ground, just as I find myself drifting towards you.”
Beth Kephart, Undercover

“Forgiveness, which is the place that every story turns, the chance we give each other.”
Beth Kephart, Undercover

“Step out from behind the words. When you're a writer you can imagine that the words speak for you and are you, but they're not. You are this living breathing bad hair day kind of person.”
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