Faith Sullivan

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Faith Sullivan was born and raised in southern Minnesota. Married to drama critic Dan Sullivan, she lived twenty-some years in New York and Los Angeles, returning to Minnesota often to keep her roots planted in the prairie. She is the author of Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse (2015), Gardenias (2005), What a Woman Must Do (2002), The Empress of One (1997), The Cape Ann (1988), Mrs. Demming and The Mythical Beast (1986), Watchdog (1982) and Repent, Lanny Merkel (1981). A “demon gardener, flea marketer, and feeder of birds,” Sullivan lives in Minneapolis with her husband. They have three grown children.

She is the winner of the Midwest Book Award, the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Ben Franklin Prize

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The Cape Ann

3.97 avg rating — 1,830 ratings — published 1988 — 11 editions
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Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

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The Empress of One

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What a Woman Must Do

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Repent, Lanny Merkel

3.35 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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“I feel so alone,” she said. “You don’t realize how much space someone takes up until they’re gone and there’s too much emptiness. This place never echoed before. Now it does.” She was mystified.”
Faith Sullivan, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

“Tomorrow was Sunday. Sunday was a good day to be born. I was born on Sunday, although I didn’t remember it. Sometimes, when Mama talked about it, I thought I could remember being afraid, high in the air, rocking in a little flannel blanket, clutched in a stork’s beak. What would Aunt Betty’s baby remember? If only babies could talk, they could tell us what God was like, before they forgot. If I asked Aunt Betty’s baby easy questions about God, questions you could answer yes or no, maybe she could give me a sign. Maybe God sent babies into the world without words, precisely so they wouldn’t reveal Him while they still remembered.”
Faith Sullivan, The Cape Ann: A Novel

“Southern California had no quarterly miracles, no opportunities for starting over. Not everybody cares to pay the cold, silver coinage of winter for a seasonal renascence, but for me it was a small price.”
Faith Sullivan, Gardenias

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