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Natalie S. Harnett

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THE HOLLOW GROUND won the John Gardner Book Award,the Appalachian Book of the Year Award and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. It's a Goodreads Book Group Worthy Title. A BookBrowse Top 2015 Book Club Recommendation. An Amazon & Audible Best Seller. A LIBRARY JOURNAL's "Debuts with Buzz" Selection; & a SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE's '5 Books to Read This Month' Pick. Natalie holds an MFA from Columbia. She's been awarded an Edward Albee Fellowship, a Summer Literary Seminars Fellowship,& a VT Writer’s Grant. She was a finalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize, the Mid-List Press Award, the Glimmer Train’s Award for New Writers, and The Ray Bradbury Fellowship. View the Educator's Guide here: ht ...more

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Natalie S. Harnett I'm currently working on a novel based on my great grandmother's and her servant's lives. My great grandmother was a diamond dealer in Amsterdam. She…moreI'm currently working on a novel based on my great grandmother's and her servant's lives. My great grandmother was a diamond dealer in Amsterdam. She came to America under very shady circumstances in the early 1900s. (We suspect she'd stolen diamonds!)

She did not keep in touch with any of her family, and she came with her servant, a white woman, who was basically her slave. The woman was never paid a dime and never had a day off. All her clothes were hand-me-downs. When she grew too old to work, my great grandmother gave her to my grandmother who was luckily able to find the woman a home in a convent (which were probably then the best years of her life!)

Since I was kid, the story of that servant has haunted me. These past months it's been a strange and powerful experience living inside her head. I hope through my story I can give notice to a life that went so unnoticed.(less)
Natalie S. Harnett I’d say the seed for THE HOLLOW GROUND was planted years ago when I was 11 years old and my grandfather’s neighbor in PA told me that there were coal…moreI’d say the seed for THE HOLLOW GROUND was planted years ago when I was 11 years old and my grandfather’s neighbor in PA told me that there were coal mine fires outside of Scranton that had caused the floors of people’s houses to be too hot to walk on. The thought of that, the image of it, the metaphor of it stayed with me for all those years. When I was looking to start a novel and knew I wanted to make the setting rural and in PA, I remembered that neighbor’s words, and there began THE HOLLOW GROUND. (less)
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So happy for this feature piece on Wally Life, a show on PA's Blue Ridge Cable. The producer did such a nice job putting it all together.
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Following her stellar debut, A TREE BORN CROOKED, Steph Post delivers yet again with LIGHTWOOD. A sharp look into family, retribution, and the types of desires that can both strengthen or weaken us all. Skillfully executed southern grit and literary ...more
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Filled with fascinating details about a victim, her killer, and the investigators who attempted to find him, Murder in the Stacks is a highly intelligent, sensitive, and gripping account of a criminal investigation gone awry.
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“For instance, the headmistress, Miss Moore. I knew right away that she had come to Antigua from England, for she looked like a prune left out of its jar a long time and she sounded as if she had borrowed her voice from an owl. The way she said, "Now, girls. . ." When she was just standing still there, listening to some of the other activities, her gray eyes going all around the room hoping to see something wrong, her throat would beat up and down as if a fish fresh out of water were caught up inside.”
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“A month later the law student leaves you for one of her classmates, tells you that it was great but she has to start being realistic. . . . .Later you see her with said classmate on the Yard. He's even lighter than you but he still looks unquestionably black. He's also like nine feet tall and put together like an anatomy primer. They are walking hand in hand and she looks so very happy that you try to find the space in your heart not to begrudge her.”
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“Out of the corner of one eye, I could see my mother. Out of the corner of the other eye, I could see her shadow on the wall, cast there by the lamplight. It was a big and solid shadow, and it looked so much like my mother that I became frightened. For I could not be sure whether for the rest of my life I would be able to tell when it was really my mother and when it was really her shadow standing between me and the rest of the world.”
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Alice Munro
“Then there was silence, the air like ice. Brittle-looking birch trees with black marks on their white bark, and some kind of small untidy evergreens rolled up like sleepy bears. The frozen lake not level but mounded along the shore, as if the waves had turned to ice in the act of falling.”
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