Tom McNeal


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Tom McNeal was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his novel, Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized.

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Far Far Away

3.87 avg rating — 7,999 ratings — published 2013 — 19 editions
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To Be Sung Underwater

3.80 avg rating — 5,059 ratings — published 2011 — 18 editions
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Goodnight, Nebraska

3.70 avg rating — 792 ratings — published 1998 — 8 editions
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The Dog Who Lost His Bob

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Goodnight, Nebraska Reading...

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Zipped

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Crooked

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3.70 avg rating — 1,385 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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Crushed

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The Decoding of Lana Morris

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“For you, I was a chapter. For me, you were the book.”
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“Sometimes I think the cover of a book as a door to another world...but other times I think of it as an escape hatch from this one. I guess it's the same thing.”
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“He says that all that happens when you go far, far away is that you discover you've brought yourself along.”
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away

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