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September Guest Editor: Emma Donoghue
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September 2019
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September 2019

Every month She Writes is thrilled to host astounding female writers making waves in publishing and stunning readers with their captivating releases. This month, we are so glad to have Emma Donoghue as our guest editor. She is the author of Akin, her first adult contemporary novel to be released since her book Room which became an Academy Award-nominated movie. 

About Emma

Born in Dublin in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an award-winning writer, living in Canada with her family.

Her novel Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes and has sold over two million copies. It was adapted into her first feature film, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, which was nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actress (won by star Brie Larson). 

Donoghue's other books are the historical novels The WonderFrog MusicThe Sealed LetterLife MaskSlammerkin, and contemporary ones LandingHood and Stir-fry; short-story collections AstrayThree and a Half Deaths (UK ebook), Touchy SubjectsThe Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits, and Kissing the Witch, and literary history including InseparableWe Are Michael Field, and Passions Between Women, as well as two anthologies that span the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

About Akin

A tale of love, loss and family, in which a retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France. This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael's ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.

Donoghue’s twelfth novel (and sixteenth book of fiction) is her first contemporary one for adults since Room.

Stay tuned all month as we get to know Emma and her latest book Akin

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