Lisa Carey

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Lisa Carey was born in 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts to Irish-American parents. She grew up in Brookline and later moved with her family to Hingham, Massachusetts.

She attended Boston College and received a B.A. in English and Philosophy in 1992.

Pursuing her MFA in Writing, she took a semester off and lived in Inishbofin, Ireland for six months. There, Carey began her first novel, The Mermaids Singing. This novel was her creative thesis for her MFA and she graduated from Vermont College in 1996.

For five years, Carey divided her time between Ireland and New England, where she wrote her next two novels, In the Country of the Young and Love in the Asylum.

In 2003, she married Timothy Spalding. They moved to Portland, Maine, where she finished h
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Lisa Carey Thank you so much! SO many women have passionate emotions, I hope you will find your tribe of them. The story came out of four things: my own awkward …moreThank you so much! SO many women have passionate emotions, I hope you will find your tribe of them. The story came out of four things: my own awkward childhood, my attempt to understand a friend whose mother had died of cancer, the lives of the women in my family who emigrated from Ireland, and my own my experience as an expat in Ireland, where I lived for 5 years. Most of my novels do not begin with one idea, but grow out of several. I have always loved coming of age stories, and knew my first book would be one. If you read my other books, let me know what you think!(less)
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The Mermaids Singing

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Every Visible Thing

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“A girl is there. Dressed in a dirty rag of a dress, turning to look at him with the large, gold eyes that have studied everything from the rafters. Her hair in the overhead light appears dark for an instant, then when she shifts, fair. She is there in vivid detail, down to a mustache of beaded water above her generous mouth. A dead girl, looking more real and more alive than anyone he has ever seen.

She is not the girl—Oisin knows this with an instant, wrenching disappointment—whom he has been waiting for.”
Lisa Carey, In the Country of the Young

“your life is what you make of it, with God’s grace, the good and the bad.”
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“St. Brigid’s Island perched like a jagged accident above the water, all grass and rock, no beach to ease the passage of a boat, no harbor to shelter it once there. Twelve miles west of Ireland, at times nearly impossible to get to and just as deadly to try to leave. It was the whim of the wind and the swelling sea that determined who landed there and who was let go.”
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