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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Diana Sheets  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction


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Illinois Connection

Diana Sheets has lived in Champaign Illinois since 1997.

Biographical and Professional Information

Diana has a Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University and received honors while studying Literature and Politics with Edward Said, one the most famous literary critics of the twentieth century. After obtaining her Ph.D. she worked in corporate sales in greater metropolitan New York for twelve years before relocating to Champaign, Illinois to write fiction late in 1997.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Cusp of Dreams
ISBN: 0557243734 2010

The Cusp of Dreams is the dark saga of our time: men and women desperate to close penny-ante deals in order to pay next month's rent. To survive they will do almost anything. Yet despite their treachery toward others, they themselves are at risk of losing it all-their jobs, their relationships, and their families. For these men and women living on the cusp, there is no reprieve.

American Suite
ISBN: 1934978337

Jorge Pinto Books Inc.. 2010

American Suite is an edgy comedy of manners. What happens when a WASP family becomes multicultural-a little bit Jewish, a bit Hindu, and, needless to say, African-American? Here is a "chick lit" novel that upends our notions about romance, celebrity, family, identity, and our seemingly insatiable hunger for memoir to ask, "Who are we really, and what are we becoming?" "Diana Sheets has written an incredibly innovative novel. She cleverly tells the story of three women, a mother and her two daughters, through compelling diary entries from each of them over a two year period. They are intelligent, sophisticated women, each juggling their own lives and personal relationships, as well as the often antagonistic familial one among the three of them. Ms. Sheets has skillfully kept each character in character, not always an easy task, and their stories are told in such a way that each voice is clearly defined. To simply say, 'It's a real page turner,' somehow doesn't seem to do American Suite justice, but that is exactly what this book is. I couldn't wait to discover what wonderful writing awaited me on the next page. My congratulations to Ms. Sheets on an exceptional story." Kathleen Kubik, author, Neither Sand Nor Sea "Diana Sheets is unafraid of taking on the sacred cows of 'chick lit' in a sweeping family saga that offers up sexy men, violent and treacherous romance, dull marriage, soulful union and resourceful women . . . . Religious and spiritual confusions vie for attention with family loyalties and geographic rootedness as a New Yorker moves to the Midwest in search of a good-enough life." Jerry Sander, author of Unlimited Calling (Certain Restrictions Apply)

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