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Anne Fortier grew up in Denmark, but immigrated to the United States in 2002. She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas and co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary Fire and Ice: The Winter War of Finland and Russia (2005). Her first novel in English, JULIET (2010), was published in over 30 countries and became a New York Times bestseller. Her next book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD, will be out on March 11, 2014.


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Anne Fortier As you know, my latest book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD, was published in March, so I think I can safely say there won't be another coming out until March…moreAs you know, my latest book, THE LOST SISTERHOOD, was published in March, so I think I can safely say there won't be another coming out until March '16 at the earliest. My books require lots of research, and they usually have two narratives-in-one, so I can't keep up with all those authors who write a book every year. Hopefully my books are worth the wait, though :-)(less)
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As I was in transit in the book world these past few weeks, my eyes at one point fell on Richard Powers' new novel, ORFEO. Later I sought out the book in a store and verified that the title is, indeed, a reference to ancient Orpheus (he of the persuasive lyre). Immediately hooked, I bought it and started reading right away, and although I honestly haven't gotten very far (because I'm crazy busy... Read more of this blog post »
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“There is lust and then there is love. They are related, but still very different things. To indulge in one requires little but honeyed speech and a change of clothes; to obtain the other, by contrast, a man must give up his rib. In return, his woman will undo the sin of Eve, and bring him back into Paradise.”
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