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Amy Mason Doan

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Amy lives in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in California, but as a girl she visited the Oregon Shakespeare Fest with her grandparents every year, and she now considers both states home.

As a writer for publications including The Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired and Forbes, Amy has interviewed everyone from beer-brewing monks to nanotechnologists. Amy has an M.A. in journalism from Stanford University and a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley.

THE SUMMER LIST and SUMMER HOURS (Graydon House) are out now. "Doan's characters leap off the page," says Publishers Weekly.

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Amy Mason Doan I'm drafting a new novel for Graydon House, and I'm obsessed with the story. I've found that if I talk about my books too early, it can kill the magic…moreI'm drafting a new novel for Graydon House, and I'm obsessed with the story. I've found that if I talk about my books too early, it can kill the magic in my little writing cave. But it involves cousins and an unusual extended family, and the setting is the wild coast of Humboldt County, Calif. Part of the story takes place in 1979. Can't wait to share more!(less)
Amy Mason Doan THE SUMMER LIST is about two girlhood best friends who reunite for a grown-up scavenger hunt after 17 years apart.

I was camping with my family by the …more
THE SUMMER LIST is about two girlhood best friends who reunite for a grown-up scavenger hunt after 17 years apart.

I was camping with my family by the Oregon coast five years ago when a pack of kids ran up with a scavenger hunt list their parents had written to keep them entertained. I gave them a graham cracker...I don't remember what else was on the list. I do remember that they looked ecstatic, rushing up to strangers, strategizing, caught up in the thrill of the game.

In THE SUMMER LIST the scavenger hunt has its funny, light moments, but it takes on a deeper meaning as the novel progresses. The items and Polaroids Laura and Casey gather tell a bittersweet story about their friendship. They force them to revisit the terrain of the past. I loved that idea of being forced to reconnect, and how objects hold layers of meaning.

I also LOVED that dopey Scavenger Hunt movie from the 1970s. It used to run on Cinemax a lot; as a kid I watched it obsessively.(less)
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I'm not saying that a copy of SUMMER HOURS is the only gift that'll satisfy on Valentine's Day...but it sure would look pretty with a red ribbon around it.

And these GoodReads & NetGalley readers have warmed my heart with their kind words about the novel's romance (and steaminess) factor.

Available now in paperback, e-book & audio at your fave bookseller. Enjoy!!

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“My childhood home in Coeur-de-Lune was now a vacation rental, managed by efficient strangers. I'd never gone back. But my mother kept a buzzing gossip line into her church women from town, and gave me sporadic updates on Casey's life.

She always brought Casey up when I was lulled into complacency. When we'd had a surprisingly peaceful afternoon together. When we were outside on her balcony, or sharing a piece of her peach pie like other mothers and daughters did.

Only then would she jab, a master fencer going for the unprotected sliver of my heart.”
Amy Mason Doan, The Summer List

“From the water it looked like a boat, with rows of small, high windows—so much like portholes—and a long, skinny dock—pirate's gangplank—to complete the effect. When the place started falling apart in the '70s, some grumbly neighbor called it The Shipwreck, and the name had stuck.

It was a love-it-or-hate-it house, and the Shepherd women had loved it.

So had I.”
Amy Mason Doan, The Summer List

“I checked the big silver-and-white wall clock. It was the centerpiece in a construction-paper design that said:

TIME IS PASSING. WILL YOU?
FOCUS!

The O in focus was the clock.
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“I'd had kisses. Rushed, wet, tasting of beer, right out in the open. I'd messed around with a funny sophomore in my anthropology seminar and a shy journalism grad student, and while these nights were satisfying in their way, the pleasure didn't last past 2:00 am.
I missed patience, the sweet, smoky taste of scotch. And the gut thrum of the forbidden.
Instead of obscuring my memory of him, the hours I spent with boys at school slid to the edges and collected around it, like a frame.”
Amy Mason Doan, Summer Hours

“We used to escape together, years ago, when we were so sure we could steal time before it stole us.”
Amy Mason Doan, Summer Hours

“My childhood home in Coeur-de-Lune was now a vacation rental, managed by efficient strangers. I'd never gone back. But my mother kept a buzzing gossip line into her church women from town, and gave me sporadic updates on Casey's life.

She always brought Casey up when I was lulled into complacency. When we'd had a surprisingly peaceful afternoon together. When we were outside on her balcony, or sharing a piece of her peach pie like other mothers and daughters did.

Only then would she jab, a master fencer going for the unprotected sliver of my heart.”
Amy Mason Doan, The Summer List

“From the water it looked like a boat, with rows of small, high windows—so much like portholes—and a long, skinny dock—pirate's gangplank—to complete the effect. When the place started falling apart in the '70s, some grumbly neighbor called it The Shipwreck, and the name had stuck.

It was a love-it-or-hate-it house, and the Shepherd women had loved it.

So had I.”
Amy Mason Doan, The Summer List

“One of the most valuable things one of my art teachers said to me was, ‘Don’t get upset by criticism. Value the fact that at least someone noticed what you did.”
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