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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 is her first novel, and draws on her beloved summers in lakeside Pinecrest, California. SUMMER HOURS will be published on June 1, 2019.

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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)
Amy Mason Doan I get to half-live in another world. At first it's sparse and a little cold, and the characters are strangers. But if I work hard enough it gradually…moreI get to half-live in another world. At first it's sparse and a little cold, and the characters are strangers. But if I work hard enough it gradually becomes a warm, welcoming place, with inhabitants so real they occasionally surprise me.(less)
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THANK YOU to all of you who have read, reviewed, emailed me, requested THE SUMMER LIST at the library, recommended it to your book club, or otherwise supported my debut book. I'm so grateful.

I've had a busy summer meeting readers & librarians, traveling for work & with my family, and - yay!! - finishing up edits on my June 1, 2019 novel, SUMMER HOURS.

The story is close to my heart &... Read more of this blog post »
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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

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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




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