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Rene Denfeld

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Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of THE CHILD FINDER, THE ENCHANTED and thee THE BUTTERFLY GIRL, which Margaret Atwood raved on twitter is "a heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, yet ultimately hopeful novel."

Rene's poetic fiction has won numerous awards including the French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence and an IMPAC listing. Rene works as an investigator, including exonerating innocents from prison and helping sex trafficking victims. Rene has also been a foster parent for 20 years, and is the happy mother to several children adopted from foster care. In 2017 she was awarded the Break The Silence Award for her advocacy work, and the New York Times named her hero of the year.
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Rene Denfeld Hello Sam, I am so glad you loved The Enchanted! I think the fantastical elements are important, as they show how the narrator copes with being in sol…moreHello Sam, I am so glad you loved The Enchanted! I think the fantastical elements are important, as they show how the narrator copes with being in solitary confinement for so many years. He escapes through his imagination, including astonishing interpretations of his world. I've worked with men and women facing execution, and am often thunderstruck at how humans can persevere despite horrific circumstances. (less)
Rene Denfeld Anyone can be a writer. We all have something to say. For some, writing groups or programs are helpful, for others, like myself, writing is a solitary…moreAnyone can be a writer. We all have something to say. For some, writing groups or programs are helpful, for others, like myself, writing is a solitary pursuit. One of the best ways to learn how to write is to read. As the saying goes, "Good reading makes for good writing." It is amazing how you can absorb from reading good books. Read, and read some more, and then write, and keep writing. Reach out to other writers for support and encouragement.(less)
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The Butterfly Girl is here!

The finished book arrived and I'm verklempt. This is such a personal novel for me, inspired by my own experiences as a homeless child. To have Margaret Atwood praise it just leaves me...well, no words for that. I think books are like messages in a bottle. I hope this story of survival, love and magic finds those who need it. You can order it now!

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“The truth is, clocks don’t tell time. Time is measured in meaning.”
Rene Denfeld, The Enchanted

“I would think for hours how strange it was that some parts of words are silent, just like some parts of our lives. Did the people who wrote the dictionaries decide to mirror language to our lives, or did it just happen that way?”
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“Inside, the lies you tell become the person you become. On the outside, sun and reality shrink people back to their actual size. In here, people grow into their shadows.”
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Rene Denfeld Deanna wrote: "Thank you for the friend request. I just saw that " The Strawberry Palace" is coming!
I am so excited! <3"


Thank you!! So honored :)


Deanna Thank you for the friend request. I just saw that " The Strawberry Palace" is coming!
I am so excited! <3


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Donna Thank you, Rene, for friending me on Good Reads. I am following on Twitter also.
Thanks for the friendship.
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