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Amy Hatvany

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Amy Hatvany was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on writing books.

The literary gods took kindly to her aspirations and THE KIND OF LOVE THAT SAVES YOU was published in 2000 by Bantam Doubleday. THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS was picked up by NAL in 2002. (Both titles published under "Yurk.")

Amy spends most of her time today with her second and final husband, Stephan. (

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Average rating: 3.83 · 12,343 ratings · 1,751 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
Outside the Lines
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,660 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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Best Kept Secret
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,231 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Heart Like Mine
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 2,300 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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Safe with Me
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,867 ratings — published 2014 — 12 editions
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The Language of Sisters
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,064 ratings — published 2002 — 6 editions
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The Kind of Love That Saves...
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 219 ratings — published 2000 — 5 editions
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Ein Platz in deinem Herzen
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2013
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Das Jahr der Wunder
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2014
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The Secret to Forgetting: A...
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2015
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Somewhere Out There: A Novel
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — expected publication 2016
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"This was a heavy read, but I was hooked from the very first paragraph. Lots of Big Issues going on within its pages: death & grieving; abuse & survival. But there was a positive vein that ran through the entire novel: the power of circumst..." Read more of this review »
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"The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. A year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell..." Read more of this review »
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"I received an ARC of this book. It is heart breaking that things like this go on behind closed doors here in America but they do. This book is not an easy read but it is an eye opening read. 5 stars. "
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“being a good mother does not mean being perfect every single moment. we screw up. we get mad, we drink too much, eat too much, yell too much. a good mother learns from her mistakes and does what she can to not let them happen over and over.”
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“What other people think of you is none of your business," she says. "You can't change it, you can't control it. The only thing you can control is your reaction to it.”
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“Humiliation is about shame. Becoming humble is about being of use to others. It helps you get off the self-pity pot and stop wallowing around in your own crap.”
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“Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader's desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That's called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax.”
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“We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.”
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“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
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“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”
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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
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