Helen Klein Ross

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Helen's third novel The Latecomers will be published by Little, Brown on November 6, 2018. Told in interweaving timelines, this story spans an American century, bringing steam engines, top hats and suffragettes into brilliant collision with cell phones, 9/11 and ancestry apps.

Helen's poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, literary journals and in anthologies, including SHORT, published in 2014 by Persea Books. Her first novel, Making It: A Novel of Madison Avenue, published in 2013 by Gallery/Simon and Schuster, is an e-book featuring the first digital epilogue. Her bestselling novel What Was Mine, published in 2016, tells the tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby from a shopping cart and gets away wit
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Helen Klein Ross Thanks for reading the book and for liking it, Marissa. I'm glad you related to it, as a mother. Part of my writing the book was an exploration of…moreThanks for reading the book and for liking it, Marissa. I'm glad you related to it, as a mother. Part of my writing the book was an exploration of motherhood--all the many ways there are to be a mother and to mother a child who isn't your biological offspring. (Although I hope I haven't made a case for kidnapping one!) I've already started my next novel which will also revolve around a crime committed by someone who doesn't consider herself a criminal. This time, the crime will be set in the 1800s. We've just renovated an old house in Connecticut and I've gained a lot of knowledge about old houses that I want to put to fictional use! Thank you for asking. And for your generous read.(less)
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Helen Klein Ross has outdone herself. Several years ago, I read her stunning..." Read more of this review »
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“When you forgive, the prisoner you set free is yourself.”
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“I learned to take refuge in wherever the light is, because anything else is darkness that can pull you down deep.”
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“So much of who you are has to do with your mother.”
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