T. Greenwood

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in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, The United States


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T. Greenwood is the author of twelve novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. She has won three San Diego Book Awards. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks. BODIES OF WATER was finalist for a Lambda Foundation award. Her twelfth novel, RUST & STARDUST, will be published in August 2018.

She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer's Ink and online for The Writer's Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also a photographer.

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T. Greenwood I have another novel coming out next summer! It's called KEEPING LUCY. The idea was sparked by an actual state run institution in Massachusetts (a…moreI have another novel coming out next summer! It's called KEEPING LUCY. The idea was sparked by an actual state run institution in Massachusetts (a so-called "School for the Feeble-Minded") that was exposed for its horrific living conditions in 1971. It's about a mother's fighting for the rights of her disabled daughter. (less)
T. Greenwood First, thank you! Librarians are my heroes :) And in terms of your question: I think that, for me, fiction (and the act of creating stories) is always…moreFirst, thank you! Librarians are my heroes :) And in terms of your question: I think that, for me, fiction (and the act of creating stories) is always about exploring struggle. In The Forever Bridge, I wanted to examine maternal anxiety (something I think every mother experiences to some degree). Of course, it is amplified here...but it's a universal experience. Fiction is always about lifting those rocks to see what is underneath. (less)
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Undressing the Moon

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"Author T. Greenwood is making her first foray into historical fiction with Rust & Stardust , based on the true story of the 1948 kidnapping of 11-year-old Sally Horner, which reportedly inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel Lolita. Greenwood recommends four novels (and one story) which were also ripped from the headlines." ...More

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Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Many of you have read (2018) T. Greenwood's award-winning, Rust & Stardust, a fictional retelling of the kidnapping said to have inspired Nabokov's classic Lolita. My Top Books of 2018.

T. Greenwood returns with KEEPI..." Read more of this review »
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
"How much would you be willing to sacrifice for a child you didn’t know? This is the question posed in T. Greenwood’s Keeping Lucy, the story of a young mother betrayed by those who claim to know best—including her husband—and the harrowing journey..." Read more of this review »
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"To read this book is to marvel at how far our society has come in its treatment of people with disabilities, in particular children with Down's Syndrome. Just 50 years ago parents were often advised to put their disabled children into state hospit..." Read more of this review »
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
"I had read Where I Lost Her by T. Greenwood back in March of 2016 so when I learned from St. Martin's Press about today's book, Keeping Lucy, available for advance reading, I jumped at the opportunity! Since it isn't releasing until August of this..." Read more of this review »
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Two Rivers Two Rivers by T. Greenwood by T. Greenwood
In Two Rivers, Vermont, Harper Montgomery is living a life overshadowed by grief and guilt. Since the death of his wife, Betsy, twelve years earlier, Harper has narrowed his world to working at the local railroad and raising his daughter, Shelly, the best way he knows how. Still wracked with sorrow over the loss of his life-long love and plagued by his role in a brutal, long-ago crime, he wants only to make amends for his past mistakes.
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A Burnable Book A Burnable Book (John Gower, #1) by Bruce Holsinger by Bruce Holsinger
In Chaucer’s London, betrayal, murder and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England’s kings. A Burnable Book is an irresistible thriller, reminiscent of classics like An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Name of the Rose and The Crimson Petal and the White.
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Imaginary Things Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen by Andrea Lochen
Watching children play and invent whimsical games of fantasy is one of life's great joys. But what if you could actually see your child's imagination as it unfolded? And what would you do if your child's imagination suddenly became dark and threatening?
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Meg Meg (MEG, #1) by Steve Alten by Steve Alten

On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.
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The People We Hate at the Wedding The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder by Grant Ginder
Relationships are awful. They'll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.
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Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik by Lorna Landvik
The women of Freesia Court are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Laughter is the glue that holds them together—the foundation of a book group they call AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons), an unofficial “club” that becomes much more. It becomes a lifeline. Holding on through forty eventful years, there’s Faith, a lonely mother of twins who harbors a terrible secret that has condemned her to living a lie; big, beautiful Audrey, the resident sex queen who knows that with good posture and an attitude you can get away with anything; Merit, the shy doctor’s wife with the face of an angel and the private hell of an abusive husband; Kari, a wise woman with a wonderful laugh who knows the greatest gifts appear after life’s fiercest storms; and finally, Slip, a tiny spitfire of a woman who isn’t afraid to look trouble straight in the eye.
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message 16: by Kami

Kami Leib When can we expect a new novel? I miss your books!

message 15: by T.

T. Greenwood Thank you! So pleased to hear you are enjoying them...I hope you continue to do so.

message 14: by Tammy

Tammy Thanks for adding me! I love your books! Two Rivers was the fist one I read. I couldn't wait to finish it however I was sad when it came to an end. It's such a beautiful story! I went on to read Nearer Than The Sky, Undressing The Moon & Breathing Water. I share all of your books with friends & family members! Just started The Hungry Season! Hope I'll have time to "get lost" in it this weekend! I also enjoy reading all of your book reviews on here! Happy reading & writing!! :)

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T. Greenwood And thank you!!

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T. Greenwood Did you read Breathing Water too? That's my first -- from WAY back :)

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Debra Just finished Nearer than the Sky, and was blown away! So far, for me you are 3-for-3! the only one I haven't read yet is Undressing the Moon and I am looking forward to it! Your writing, characters, plot, continue to amaze me.
Thanks for another great story!

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T. Greenwood Thanks! The new one (The Hungry Season) just came out. I believe it's available for Kindle/Sony etc... as well. Happy reading :)

Lindsay Thanks! I really enjoyed Two Rivers -- it was my first e-book! I'm looking forward to reading some more of your work.

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T. Greenwood I'm so glad my novel is getting to go to Mexico...I wish I could come along with it! Enjoy!!

Jeannie Just a note to let you know that your novel "Two Rivers", has just been stashed into my backpack. Tomorrow morning the book will be on it's way to Mexico. I chose your book for my "traveling read", it will be getting a fair amount of "face time" :>)

I've noticed, when I travel, that there are two groups of readers. There are those who hunch. They lay their books face down on their laps and tend to cover the areas of the book that they are not immediately engaged in. It is clear that they feel that what they are reading is their own business. THEN, there are the "rubber neckers" (a group to which I count myself among). Those who try to see which book someone else is reading. I've been known to do some strange contortions and/or I have resorted to outright stareing, just to see what the stranger across from me is reading.
The fact that I am a "rubber necker" and that I like to think of myself as somewhat of a thoughtful person, leads me to openly display what I am reading. I hold the book upwards, I make sure the title and the cover art are visible. I've been known to comment on the book if I catch a fellow "rubber necker" sneeking a peek or doing some outright stareing. I guess I've never given up the "hand sell" urge (use to work in a small independant bookstore)
SO...........Two Rivers will be getting face time in the airport (leaving from Wisconsin's insane cold temps), aboard an airplane and on a bus in Mexico's balmy sunshine. The book will probably get some poolside time as well.

Thank you for the stories.....without them, what would life be ? Even traveling would be somewhat less exciting :>)


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T. Greenwood Thanks...from your shelf, it looks as though its in good company. And I hope you both find and enjoy the other ones. And strangely, this time around, they're carrying the book at places like Target and Sam's Club, so you can always try there :)

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dara Thanks for the add. I seldom choose books without any prior recommendation, but I'm glad Undressing the Moon caught my eye. I've been looking for your other books, but I live in a nearly illiterate area so no luck so far. I might be left with no choice but to actually wake up in time to deposit money in my bank account and order your other books online.

message 4: by T.

T. Greenwood You're welcome. The new one just came out...it's been such a long time coming :)

Kayzee Jusayan thanks for the add! I really liked your books!

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T. Greenwood Thanks! It looks wonderful...

Jackie Yeah! You joined! I think you'll like it here!


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