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Susan Rivers began her writing career as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, and working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco.

Her focus shifted to fiction with a move to the Carolinas in 1995. Rivers' debut novel, The Second Mrs. Hockaday, was published by Algonquin Books in 2017. It was a People Magazine "Best New Books Pick" and a Woman's Day "Editor's Desk Pick" in 2017, as well as IndieNext, Library Reads and Winter OKRA Picks, and is a Women's National Book Association Great Group Reads 2018 Selection. The novel was a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize 2017 and the Southern Book Prize 2018.

The author lives and writes in upstate South Carolina.
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Susan Rivers In a small southern town live two spinster sisters who have outlived the other members of their family and have spent long years together tending a la…moreIn a small southern town live two spinster sisters who have outlived the other members of their family and have spent long years together tending a large, beautiful garden that is the pride of the neighborhood. The eldest sister becomes ill and passes away, and the day after her funeral, her surviving sister hires a man with a bulldozer to come dig up the garden -- every last camellia shrub, climbing rose, dogwood and daylily -- and dump them in the ditch that runs beside the property. (less)
Susan Rivers The most obvious benefit of being a writer is having a strong identity. Jobs come and go for writers, as do the places where we live, work and raise o…moreThe most obvious benefit of being a writer is having a strong identity. Jobs come and go for writers, as do the places where we live, work and raise our children. Writing isn't a terribly lucrative profession for the most part, and financial stress can often force us to question our choices. But the one thing that doesn't change for me in good times or bad, whether I'm trying to survive in Northern California or North Carolina, is my very clear belief that I was put here to write and writing is what I must do. I have moments of self-doubt, of course, when I wonder if I'm doing the best writing I possibly can, but I never doubt that writing is who I am. It's the whole megillah.(less)
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When Setting Functions as a Character

Think of the novel Cold Mountain. Think of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’ve also been ruminating lately about Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, the novel by Nobel prize-winning Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk, which I just finished reading. What do these fictional works have in common? In all of them, the settings are so critically important that they become characters in their own Read more of this blog post »
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Trethewey is a gifted writer, and this deeply personal story unfolds in beautiful prose and with gut-wrenching vividness. And yet, when I came to the end of the slim memoir, I had more questions than when I'd begun reading it. Firstly, why is there n ...more
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HAMNET is profoundly absorbing and gorgeously written; I can't remember when I've enjoyed a novel this much. O'Farrell manages to create intimate kinships between the reader and the characters, and has wrought a reality that is fiercely enveloping: l ...more
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I LOVED THIS BOOK. In The Five, Hallie Rubenhold crafts detailed profiles of each one of the women who were murdered by Jack the Ripper in the Whitechapel slum in London. In the process, her meticulous research exposes the economic forces, social bia ...more
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This engaging and far-ranging view of lives in modern London is viewed through the prism of one street of Victorian rowhouses. Pepys Road has mostly weathered the tides of changing fortunes, classes and ethnicities but the stresses are beginning to s ...more
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“We are no longer blessed with innocence, nor do we deserve to be. Paradise may have been lost, but paradise is a bad bargain. It costs too much. It conceals serpents, and is littered with graves.”
Susan Rivers

“Our enemy is [. . .] and all people like him, who never question their motives or doubt their desires. They are put on this earth to cause misery, because what they take so freely for themselves comes always at great cost to others.”
Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday

“(How Southern I am, in that respect: still fighting my war when the battles have been lost.)”
Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday

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