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Elizabeth Crook

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I grew up mostly in San Marcos, Texas, (with a brief time away in Washington D.C and Australia) graduated from San Marcos High School, attended Baylor and Rice, moved for a while to New Braunfels, Texas, and now live in Austin with my husband and kids--Joseph and Lizzie. One of the great blessings of my childhood was having a mother who read to my brother and sister and me for hours every night, long after we could read for ourselves. Those nights of listening transported us to foreign places and other centuries and allowed us to connect with characters living lives in stark contrast to our own. This was a great gift my mother gave us.

I've written five novels: The Raven's Bride, Promised Lands, The Night Journal, Monday, Monday, and The Whi
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Elizabeth Crook Sally, thank you; I'm happy you liked the book. To answer your interesting question about names: most of the characters went through a series of names…moreSally, thank you; I'm happy you liked the book. To answer your interesting question about names: most of the characters went through a series of names through a series of drafts before I landed on the names they kept. Shelly was "Julie" for a while before she was Shelly, but my closest friend's sister was named that, so for various reasons the name became confusing and I felt I should change it. Wyatt was "Philip" before he was Wyatt. In a previous book "Sarah" became "Meg"--and so forth. Basically as I write I get to know the characters better and so I think of names that fit them better; in other words I try to come up with names that give a sense of their character--whether it's strength, or softness, or power, or whatever. Sometimes if a character is too soft and I'm trying to ramp up the sense of strength, I'll strengthen the name--which is what I did with Wyatt. "Jack" was easy because he just always naturally seemed like "Jack" to me. Madeline, in the beginning, had a different name, but now I don't remember what it was--there were so many drafts and changes! I hope that answers your question. Thanks for asking, and again, I'm glad you liked the book! (less)
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A lucid, compelling depiction, thoroughly researched and well foot-noted with a helpful appendix of the chronology. Oh and by the way, the description that's printed here has nothing to do with the book I'm referring to, which is Austerman's Sharps R ...more
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This is not the edition I read as a child--I still have the book, and don't see it here--but this is a wonderful story.
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I read this book forty years ago as a teenager and while I don't remember the story I remember clearly how deeply moved it left me. In fact I remember, and can still feel, the exact emotions, even with no solid memory of the plot that created them.
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"A raw, remarkable, jaw dropping, profoundly depressing, head-spinning, eye-opening story. Worth reading.

Reading this book is a wonderful reminder of just how crazy and chaotic and unstable many places on the planet remain. I found the historical chro" Read more of this review »
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