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Martha McPhee

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Martha McPhee graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and received her M.F.A. from Columbia University.

She is the author of five novels: An Elegant Woman, Dear Money; L'America; Gorgeous Lies; and Bright Angel Time. Her work has been honored by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Gorgeous Lies was a finalist for a National Book Award. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children, and teaches at Hofstra University.


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Dear Money

3.24 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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L'America

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An Elegant Woman

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Silver Linings: Time To Celebrate

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In a world where everything has changed, I find myself launching my fifth novel. The challenges and hardships that this pandemic has brought for so many people seem beyond measure, yet even so the world continues to turn.





So, of course, it’s time for a cocktail.





I worked on An Elegant Woman for ten years, and now I celebrate its publication with a virtual launch party at The Center

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