Tara Lynn Masih

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My Real Name Is Hanna, Tara's bestselling debut novel for young readers and adults set in WW II Ukraine, was a finalist in the National Jewish Book Awards and received the Julia Ward Howe Award for Young Readers, a Florida Book Award (YA, Gold), a Skipping Stones Honor Award, a Foreword Book of the Year Award (Historical, Gold), and it appeared on Shelf Unbound's 2019 Notable List, Goodreads' 2018 Ultimate Fall YA Reading List, and their Best of the Month Sept. YA list. Hanna was released in Slovakia and is forthcoming in Poland. Tara's working on a new WWII novel, and a collaborative flash novelette, THE BITTER KIND, is due out from Cervena Barva in Oct. 2020.

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Tara Lynn Masih Thanks for the compliment, Michael. Yes, I am working on a YA novel. The novel is something I've been unable to tackle these past years, the result of…moreThanks for the compliment, Michael. Yes, I am working on a YA novel. The novel is something I've been unable to tackle these past years, the result of my being a single mother for much of them. I know there are many mothers/fathers who manage to find the time to complete novels, but my work habits and attention span are different. I finally have the time to not get too distracted from my writing as my son is off to college. Fingers crossed it will appear on Goodreads at some point! And congrats to you on your own successes in publishing. I know better than most what an accomplishment it is to finish a novel.(less)
Tara Lynn Masih Thanks for asking, Joel. The best place to order is here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1936214717
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BITTER KIND reviewed in SmokeLong Quarterly

The Bitter Kind A Flash Novelette by Tara Lynn Masih

LOVE this powerfully written review by Kara Oakleaf in one of our finest flash fiction journals, SmokeLong Quarterly. It's always nerve-wracking to wait for that first one!

"Masih and Claffey have given us something that feels so essential right now – one of those rare stories that makes you feel a little less alone."

Full review here: http://www.smokelong.com/review-the-b...

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message 34: by Tara

Tara Barbara wrote: "Hi Tara,
I generally do not accept invitations from authors, particularly because many seem to be seeking readership. Also I like to keep my "friends" list small so that we can really keep in touch..."


Thank you for the acceptance, then. As you can see from my profile, I'm a pretty active Goodreads member and enjoy connecting with fellow readers and getting their recs. It's kind of the only social site I enjoy, honestly, cause it's all about books.


Barbara H Hi Tara,
I generally do not accept invitations from authors, particularly because many seem to be seeking readership. Also I like to keep my "friends" list small so that we can really keep in touch. I have met several! I enjoy your writing in"Hanna" and I am a long time Massachusetts resident so, here I am!


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Tara Caterina wrote: "Thank you for the invitation, Tara, delighted to meet you here. I haven't yet read All the Living but had found it while browsing at random in my public library and checked it out ... then came acr..."

I don't think I know anyone personally who did not love ATL. But reading is so personal, you never know. Thanks for the acceptance!


Caterina Thank you for the invitation, Tara, delighted to meet you here. I haven't yet read All the Living but had found it while browsing at random in my public library and checked it out ... then came across your review that confirms my desire to read it. I look forward to reading something of yours as well.


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Tara Maria wrote: "Hello Tara
Im very pleased to meet you :)"


You too, Maria! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.


message 29: by Maria

Maria Espadinha Hello Tara
Im very pleased to meet you :)


message 28: by Hannah

Hannah Greendale Hi, Tara!

Thanks so much for your kind message about my review of A Boy in Winter. Will you please PM me so we can talk more about reviewing your forthcoming book?

Thanks! :)


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Tara Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite, Tara. An author...my favorite people!"

Aww, that is so nice to hear! Musicians are great people, too :-). And artists, and...


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Cheryl Kennedy Thanks for the friend invite, Tara. An author...my favorite people!


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Tara We are doing a giveaway for Best Small Fictions 2017:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

The Best Small Fictions 2017 by Amy Hempel


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Tara Majenta wrote: "Hi, Tara! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books! I hope you're having a good week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from ..."


Thanks so much! Deep into writing mode...


message 23: by Majenta

Majenta Hi, Tara! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books! I hope you're having a good week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


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Tara The wonderful Matchbook Stories is doing a giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2.... Includes my story Ella: Now and a story by Etgar Keret. They are fun to own! 5 cc so 5 chances.


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Tara K.E. wrote: "Thanks for the GR friendship, Tara!"

You're so welcome! Thanks for the support.


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Tara Vincent wrote: "Just purchased The Book Thief hearing good things about it!"

Enjoy! Haven't gotten to it yet.


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Vincent Just purchased The Book Thief hearing good things about it!


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Tara Teresa wrote: "Tara, I just read a great review at "The Mom Egg" of your Where the Dog Star Never Glows. Wonderful!

http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Book_R......"


Thanks once again for reading!


message 16: by Teresa (last edited Apr 12, 2012 06:00PM)

Teresa Tara, I just read a great review at "The Mom Egg" of your Where the Dog Star Never Glows. Wonderful!

http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Book_R...


Savannah Tara, thank you for the friendship.


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Tara Catie wrote: "Hi Tara,

Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to seeing what you're reading."


You too, I'll try to keep up ;-).


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Catie Hi Tara,

Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to seeing what you're reading.


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Tara Teresa wrote: "Tara wrote: "Thanks, Teresa! Our paths keep crossing, don't they??? Glad you read that journal and that you found the story."

I used to feel like I was 'stalking' Pia Z. Ehrhardt over the internet..."


I think it's great that you read so much and keep authors posted. We don't hear enough from readers.


message 11: by Teresa

Teresa Tara wrote: "Thanks, Teresa! Our paths keep crossing, don't they??? Glad you read that journal and that you found the story."

I used to feel like I was 'stalking' Pia Z. Ehrhardt over the internet, because I kept crossing her path. Now I feel that way about you. I promise it's not 'intentional,' ;) but I can't imagine having better literary company!


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Tara Teresa wrote: "I was reading the latest issue of "Status Hat" and was excited to see and read a story by you there. To anyone else reading this comment who might be interested, the story is here: http://www.stat..."

Thanks, Teresa! Our paths keep crossing, don't they??? Glad you read that journal and that you found the story. I was impressed with the issue as a whole. Love how they represent all genres on one theme.


Teresa I was reading the latest issue of "Status Hat" and was excited to see and read a story by you there. To anyone else reading this comment who might be interested, the story is here: http://www.statushat.org/create/statu...


Sridhar Babu Hi..Tara wish you a happy women's day!!! (better late than never)


Sridhar Babu Hi Tara,
Thank you very very much for adding,accepting me as your friend, thanks for your comment in book excerpts too..you have around 162 friends,and it requires a great talent to locate friends comment and to answer it.


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Beth Hi Tara,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!


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Tara Just want to wish all my goodreads friends a happy and safe holiday, with lots of time to relax and read! Thanks for the support in 2009.


Jessica Nice to meet you Tara!
jessica


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Tara Hi Barbara:

Thanks, liked your review of the new TC Boyle book.

I'll let you know when the book will be ready. I hear mid-May?

Not sure why goodreads was giving you a hard time on the comments page. Hopefully a one-time glitch!

T


Barbara (Will goodreads let me comment on your page today?!?)

Hi, Tara!

I always love seeing what you've been reading! You've been very influential on my to-read list.

Definitely let me know when I can order your new book.

~B


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Tara Dear Friends:

Thanks for joining and I wish everyone a happy holiday and lots of quality reading time over vacation!

Tara


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