Michelle Hoover

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Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Brandeis University and Grub Street, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She has been the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and the 2005 winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in Best New American Voices. Her debut novel, The Quickening, was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, was a Finalist for the Indies Choice Debut of 2010 and Forward Magazine's Best Literary Book of 2010, and is a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read" pick. Her second novel, Bottomland, is the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection. For more, go to www.michelle-hoove ...more

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Michelle Hoover Michelle wrote: "Congratulations on the All Iowa Reads choice!"

Thanks Michelle! So happy that it's from my home state. Hope you're well!

Michelle Congratulations on the All Iowa Reads choice!

Michelle Hoover Thanks! Looks like you've got a great anthology coming out too!

Tara Lynn Hey, congrats! Can't wait to read the new book!

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Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard Thanks for the add! Will be glad to share some recommendations, tips, etc! Best wishes! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sound in your ears! (as my water dragons' hunters would greet - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).

محمد الدين hey, thanks for the friendship:)

Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Michelle.

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J. Thanks, Michelle, for adding January's Paradigm to your reading list!

Have a great weekend,


Regulo Jr. Hi Michelle,
Thank you for the friend add on! I look forward to reading you book. I Thank you for your help and wishing you a great summer 2010.

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Beth Hi Michelle,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!

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