Jane Hamilton


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in Rochester, Wisconsin, The United States
July 13, 1957

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Jane Hamilton is the author most recently of The Excellent Lombards and The Book of Ruth, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction, as well as A Map of the World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, the Miami Herald, and People. Both The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World have been selections of Oprah's Book Club. Her following work, The Short History of a Prince, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998, her novel Disobedience was published in 2000, and her last novel When Madeline Was Young was a Washington Post Best Book of 2006. She lives in and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. ...more

Average rating: 3.79 · 152,197 ratings · 4,982 reviews · 57 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Map of the World

3.81 avg rating — 71,733 ratings — published 1992 — 8 editions
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The Book of Ruth

3.85 avg rating — 65,954 ratings — published 1988 — 20 editions
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Disobedience

3.43 avg rating — 3,824 ratings — published 2000 — 19 editions
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The Excellent Lombards

3.41 avg rating — 3,382 ratings — published 2016 — 11 editions
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When Madeline Was Young

3.19 avg rating — 2,472 ratings — published 2006 — 18 editions
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The Short History of a Prince

3.65 avg rating — 2,091 ratings — published 1998 — 16 editions
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Laura Rider's Masterpiece

2.65 avg rating — 1,375 ratings — published 2009 — 19 editions
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The Guardian

3.69 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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Into Africa: A Journey to t...

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More books by Jane Hamilton…
“She read books quickly and compulsively, paperback after paperback, as if she might drift away without the anchor of the printed page.”
Jane Hamilton

“It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can.”
Jane Hamilton

“...you have to learn where your pain is. You have to burrow down and find the wound, and if the burden of it is too terrible to shoulder, you have to shout it out; you have to shout for help... And then finally, the way through grief is grieving.”
Jane Hamilton

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer by Mary Ann Shaffer
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
 
  4 votes 33.3%

A Long Long Way A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry by Sebastian Barry
In 1914, Willie Dunne, barely eighteen years old, leaves behind Dublin, his family, and the girl he plans to marry in order to enlist in the Allied forces and face the Germans on the Western Front. Once there, he encounters a horror of violence and gore he could not have imagined and sustains his spirit with only the words on the pages from home and the camaraderie of the mud-covered Irish boys who fight and die by his side. Dimly aware of the political tensions that have grown in Ireland in his absence, Willie returns on leave to find a world split and ravaged by forces closer to home. Despite the comfort he finds with his family, he knows he must rejoin his regiment and fight until the end. With grace and power, Sebastian Barry vividly renders Willie’s personal struggle as well as the overwhelming consequences of war.
 
  2 votes 16.7%

Lizzie's War: A Novel Lizzie's War A Novel by Tim Farrington by Tim Farrington
A family epic laced with authenticity, wit and unforgettable characters. Liz O'Reilly has a husband in Vietnam, 4 kids under the age of 12 (and one on the way), and a burgeoning crush on the family priest. An unconventional love story.
 
  2 votes 16.7%

Mudbound Mudbound by Hillary Jordan by Hillary Jordan
It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta farm - a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family's struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.
 
  1 vote 8.3%

Sing, Unburied, Sing Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward by Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward's distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature.
 
  1 vote 8.3%

The Excellent Lombards The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton by Jane Hamilton
Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard is fiercely in love with her family's sprawling apple orchard and the tangled web of family members who inhabit it. Content to spend her days planning capers with her brother William, competing with her brainy cousin Amanda, and expertly tending the orchard with her father, Frankie desires nothing more than for the rhythm of life to continue undisturbed. But she cannot help being haunted by the historical fact that some family members end up staying on the farm and others must leave. Change is inevitable, and threats of urbanization, disinheritance, and college applications shake the foundation of Frankie's roots. As Frankie is forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.
 
  1 vote 8.3%

The Other Side of the Bridge The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson by Mary Lawson
Two brothers, Arthur and Jake Dunn, are the sons of a farmer in the mid-1930s, when life is tough and another world war is looming. Arthur is reticent, solid, dutiful and set to inherit the farm and his father’s character; Jake is younger, attractive, mercurial and dangerous to know – the family misfit. When a beautiful young woman comes into the community, the fragile balance of sibling rivalry tips over the edge.
 
  1 vote 8.3%

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