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Paula McLain

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Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling novels, The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun and Love and Ruin. Now she introduces When the Stars Go Dark (April 13, 2021), an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan in 1996, and is also the author of two collections of poetry, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and the debut novel, A Ticket to Ride. Her work has has appeared in The New York Times, Real Simple, Town & Country, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, and elsewhere. She lives with her family in Cleveland, Ohio. ...more

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Paula McLain Thrilled to hear you connected with Circling the Sun, Jenny! I DO have a new idea for a character and have begun writing. This is my absolute favorite…moreThrilled to hear you connected with Circling the Sun, Jenny! I DO have a new idea for a character and have begun writing. This is my absolute favorite part of the process: new obsession! Hopefully the work will go well and I'll have a new manuscript sometime in the new year. Wish me luck... ; )(less)
Paula McLain Hello, Cherie, and thanks for your question. Although other writers in this genre have their own rules, no doubt, I don't make up events for my histor…moreHello, Cherie, and thanks for your question. Although other writers in this genre have their own rules, no doubt, I don't make up events for my historical characters, or imagine fictional characters for them to interact with--so you can be sure the love story between Beryl and Denys did indeed happen. What I do make up and then dramatize is the inner lives of my characters, their thoughts and feelings, and all the dialogue. I also feel very free to embellish setting and details of place, etc. I hope this answer helps!(less)
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The Paris Wife

3.81 avg rating — 281,240 ratings — published 2011 — 95 editions
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Circling the Sun

3.93 avg rating — 73,099 ratings — published 2015 — 63 editions
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Love and Ruin

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When the Stars Go Dark

3.92 avg rating — 19,419 ratings — published 2021 — 18 editions
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A Mind of Her Own

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Like Family: Growing Up in ...

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A Ticket to Ride

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Stumble, Gorgeous

4.18 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2005
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Less of Her

4.15 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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Hi Mariia. What a lovely question! I know exactly what you mean. I think the first time I experienced that feeling I was nineteen. I'd followed a bold (crazy?) instinct to send a poem to Cosmopolitan Magazine (which actually published poems occasiona See Full Answer
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Hi, Carol. Thank you for your question! I DO have a storyline in my mind for Anna and Mendocino. Anything can happen with the creative process, so knock wood--buy maybe so!!
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
"What a fabulous thriller by Paula Mclain! It’s official… she can truly write anything. I have devoured all of her novels of historical fiction — WHEN THE STARS GO DARK is proof that she can master any genre. Filled with flawed, nuanced characters and" Read more of this review »
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When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
"Thank you to Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC for review.

Anna Hart is a missing persons specialist, one who takes her work seriously, who allows herself to be haunted by the ghosts of the missing and dead children she searches for. When " Read more of this review »
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
"I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a slow burn of a historical mystery novel. The synapsis of this book was so intriguing - a seasoned investigator suffers a tragedy of her own that sends her" Read more of this review »
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“Books could be an incredible adventure. I stayed under my blanket and barely moved, and no one would have guessed how my mind raced and my heart soared with stories.”
Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

“It gave me a sharp kind of sadness to think that no matter how much I loved him and tried to put him back together again, he might stay broken forever.”
Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

“Sometimes I wish we could rub out all of our mistakes and start fresh, from the beginning,' I said. 'And sometimes I think there isn't anything to us but our mistakes.”
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Allie Smith I adore The Paris Wife...it was wondeful! I went out and bought a Moveable Feast, which I am excited to read. Hope I got the right version, that is good to Hadley!


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