Frances O'Roark Dowell

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While Frances O'Roark Dowell (Dovey Coe, The Secret Language of Girls, Trouble the Water) is best known for her award-winning novels, she also hosts the popular "Off-Kilter Quilt" podcast, where she talks about her latest quilt projects with friends and fellow quilters around the globe. Her own little corner of the globe is Durham, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and a dog named Travis. Connect with her online at FrancesDowell.com.

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Frances O'Roark Dowell I get inspiration from all sorts of things. Sometimes a story idea comes from something that's happened to me or one of my friends, sometimes it comes…moreI get inspiration from all sorts of things. Sometimes a story idea comes from something that's happened to me or one of my friends, sometimes it comes from a newspaper article I've read. I eavesdrop as much as possible, because people are always saying interesting things that could be turned into stories!(less)
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Aunt Jane of Kentucky - Episode Ten

Welcome to the Quiltfiction Podcast! In this episode, I’ll be reading an abridged version of Chapter Nine of Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall. Entitled "The Gardens of Memory," in this chapter Aunt Jane discusses her philosophy of the garden. This is the last episode of the season. Thanks so much for listening!

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Frances Dowell and 201 other people liked Fionnuala's review of Ducks, Newburyport:
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"Thoughts at p 50 of Ducks, Newburyport

This seems to be one of those books that make me stop in my reading tracks and think about how I read, as in what's going on in my mind as my eyes glide left to right across the page then return left before slidi" Read more of this review »
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"The correct response to the ending of this book is a violently whispered, “fuck.”

Reading the last couple chapters, it felt like my heart sprang into my throat and seemed to hang there, hammering. Five thousand sentences sprinted through my mind and n" Read more of this review »
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
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I’ll get it out upfront. At over 500 pages, this novel is just way too long. Granted, it’s a family saga covering decades with multiple narratives of a husband and wife, their four grown daughters and a fifteen year old grandson" Read more of this review »
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" Ashley White wrote: "YES. This is EXACTLY why I gave up; the writing is really beautiful, but there's just no place for it to go. I had so much troubl ...more "
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The seventh grade is taking a class trip to D.C., a venture that’s all about building unity. But idiosyncratic Tally doesn’t want to be unified, especially not with the perfect and popular clone girls of her class. Tally is definitely one to hold gru ...more
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Hi, Alissa--Sorry to take so long to reply! First, I'm really glad you loved TEN Miles--thank you! I haven't given much thought to writing a follow-up, but it's a fun idea, and like you, I'd be interested to find out what Janie's up to these days. No See Full Answer
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“A friend is someone whose face you can see in the dark.”
Frances O'Roark Dowell, The Secret Language of Girls

“Everybody's broken, sweetie. God helps us get put back together.
~Rev. Mayes
The Kind of Friends We Used to Be
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“He was a big talker, someone who liked words for words' sake, the sound of them, the way you can pile them up in your mouth and make a poem if you speill them out the right way.
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Frances O'Roark Dowell, Shooting the Moon
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Apuca Dear Frances O'Roark Dowell,

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