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Lynne Hugo is an American author whose roots are in the northeast. A National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship recipient, she has also received repeat individual artists grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her publications include eight novels, one volume of creative non-fiction, two books of poetry and a children’s book. She lives with her husband, a former Vice President for Academic Affairs of a liberal arts college and now a professional photographer, in the Midwest. They have two grown children, three grandchildren, and a yellow Labrador retriever.

Ms. Hugo has taught creative writing to hundreds of schoolchildren through the Ohio Arts Council’s renowned Arts in Education program. She holds a Bachel
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Lynne Hugo I am so sorry! Obviously I'm really late answering this question--I didn't see that it was there. I'll do better. I have a new novel coming out in the…moreI am so sorry! Obviously I'm really late answering this question--I didn't see that it was there. I'll do better. I have a new novel coming out in the Spring of 2016; the title is REMEMBER MY BEAUTIES. It's set on a small Kentucky horse farm and one of the themes--a favorite of mine--is the healing power of the human/animal relationship. In this novel I take a look at marriage, drug addiction, and the parent/child bond, too. I'll be working on the final edits for that this spring. But, in the meantime, I'm immersed in and having a wonderful time with the third draft of another novel. It's titled THE TESTAMENT OF HAROLD'S WIFE, and the elderly narrator is a spunky, funny widow. (Watch out for her! She'd never confide her plan to take up her husband's revenge scheme against a drunk driver to her son; her best friends and confidants are her cat and the chickens on her southeastern Indiana farm.)(less)
Lynne Hugo I have, all my life, spent lots of time on outer Cape Cod. But it wasn't until I happened, in the late 90's, to stay--during my annual writing…moreI have, all my life, spent lots of time on outer Cape Cod. But it wasn't until I happened, in the late 90's, to stay--during my annual writing retreat-- right in a certain spot (the Indian Neck section of Wellfleet harbor) that I really saw oyster and clams being farmed in the shallows of beautiful Cape Cod bay. The racks and cages are only visible for an hour before and an hour after dead low tide. I was out walking the beach and became intrigued. Writers ask a lot of questions! I did, and was fascinated. I ended up making friends with some of the sea farmers (correctly called aquaculturists) and when I heard about a lawsuit to shut them down, of course I wanted to hear more. I became close to one of the women aquaculturists, and went back over a period of years, learning a lot about the life of the oystermen. I researched the lawsuit, which was filed by the owner of a vacation home who was there just six weeks a year and didn't want to look at the oyster cages at low tide. He said it spoiled his view. The outcome of the lawsuit was so bizarre, so unpredictable, so dramatic, that I knew I'd base my next novel on it.(less)
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Nancy’s husband sent a picture two days before she died. In that one, she wore a white sleeveless nightgown. Her grown sons leaned over either side of her, a hospice tray with a cup of applesauce in the foreground. She was sleeping. Perhaps she’d slipped into the mercy of a coma.


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“We suffer the threat of breathing in water; we fight the nightmares that would drown us. And just as we feel the deceptive joy of floating, we flex our muscles and learn to kick, propelling ourselves into deeper waters where we can't see the bottom or touch the side.

There, in the deep, we stroke.

Then, surprising ourselves, saving ourselves, we swim. ”
Lynne Hugo, Swimming Lessons

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