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Joseph Olshan is an award-winning American novelist. His first novel, Clara's Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg. He is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which, The Conversion, will be published in 2008.

In addition to his novels, he has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Times (London), The Guardian (London),The Independent (London), The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the New York Observer, Harpers Bazaar, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. During the 1990's he was a regular contributor of book reviews to the Wall Street Journal. For six years...more


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Nightswimmer
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 323 ratings — published 1994 — 10 editions
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Cloudland
3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 341 ratings — published 2012 — 8 editions
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The Conversion
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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Clara's Heart
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1985 — 11 editions
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The Waterline
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1989
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Vanitas
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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Wolverine Cirque
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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In Clara's Hands
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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Nightswimmer: A Novel
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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A Warmer Season
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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“On the other hand, I had to remind myself that, unlike you, I'm the sort of person whose imagination gets overstimulated from very little. And sometimes I get confused between what I've nakedly perceived and what I've varnished upon that perception.”
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