Rachel Mans McKenny

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Rachel Mans McKenny is a writer and humorist from the Midwest. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, McSweeney's, Elle, InStyle, and other outlets. The Butterfly Effect is her debut novel. ...more

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Rachel Mans McKenny The idea for The Butterfly Effect came from a few different things. First, I fell in love with Reiman Gardens, the botanical garden and butterfly cons…moreThe idea for The Butterfly Effect came from a few different things. First, I fell in love with Reiman Gardens, the botanical garden and butterfly conservatory, where this book ended up being partially set. I had to wonder what it would be like to work in a place like that (and so of course, like a normal person, I spent four years researching and writing about it ;) ).

Secondly, my brother died when I was too young to be able to help take care of him during his illness, so my whole life I've thought about the ways that siblings can take care of one another and be each other's support systems. The Butterfly Effect let me play out, in a different situation, two siblings responsible for one another as adults. While Danny's situation is different than the one my brother was in, it was satisfying to write a sibling story with family love and forgiveness as its heart. (less)
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