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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University. In the middle of her sophomore year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty-three years. She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel, Elegance, became a bestseller in hardback and paperback. All of Kathleen's novels including Innocence, The Flirt, The Debutante, and most recently, The Perfume Collector have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world. She returned to Pittsburgh in 2009, where she now lives with her husband and son.


How fitting on Memorial Day to find myself writing a hymn of gratitude to some of my most treasured literary heroes - the Independent Booksellers! Indies are, and will always be, my icons of true intellectual freedom. Without their impartial judgment, freedom to stock their shelves as they please, and daring support of new and unknown authors, publishing would be stale and we, the readers, woul... Read more of this blog post »
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The Perfume Collector
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 11,745 ratings — published 2013 — 20 editions
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Elegance
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 2,673 ratings — published 2003 — 29 editions
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The Debutante
3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 1,047 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Innocence
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 922 ratings — published 2005 — 12 editions
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The Flirt
3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 731 ratings — published 2007 — 15 editions
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Kathleen Tessaro 3-Book Col...
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2013
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Elegance and Innocence: 2-B...
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“If you can capture a woman's imagination, then you will have her. But imagination is a strange creature. It needs time and distance to function properly.”
Kathleen Tessaro

“My husband claims I have an unhealthy obsession with secondhand bookshops. That I spend too much time daydreaming altogether. But either you intrinsically understand the attraction of searching for hidden treasure amongst rows of dusty shelves or you don't; it's a passion, bordering on a spiritual illness, which cannot be explained to the unaffected.

True, they're not for the faint of heart. Wild and chaotic, capricious and frustrating, there are certain physical laws that govern secondhand bookstores and like gravity, they're pretty much nonnegotiable. Paperback editions of D. H. Lawrence must constitute no less than 55 percent of all stock in any shop. Natural law also dictates that the remaining 45 percent consist of at least two shelves worth of literary criticism on Paradise Lost and there should always be an entire room in the basement devoted to military history which, by sheer coincidence, will be haunted by a man in his seventies. (Personal studies prove it's the same man. No matter how quickly you move from one bookshop to the next, he's always there. He's forgotten something about the war that no book can contain, but like a figure in Greek mythology, is doomed to spend his days wandering from basement room to basement room, searching through memoirs of the best/worst days of his life.)

Modern booksellers can't really compare with these eccentric charms. They keep regular hours, have central heating, and are staffed by freshly scrubbed young people in black T-shirts. They're devoid of both basement rooms and fallen Greek heroes in smelly tweeds. You'll find no dogs or cats curled up next to ancient space heathers like familiars nor the intoxicating smell of mold and mildew that could emanate equally from the unevenly stacked volumes or from the owner himself. People visit Waterstone's and leave. But secondhand bookshops have pilgrims. The words out of print are a call to arms for those who seek a Holy Grail made of paper and ink.”
Kathleen Tessaro, Elegance

“There are no great fanfares for the truly great moments of your life. Just dripping taps and the sound of your own footsteps, walking from one room into another”
Kathleen Tessaro

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