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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Amy Hassinger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1972 in Frederick, Maryland

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Hassinger lives in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy Hassinger grew up in Massachusetts. She graduated from Barnard College in New York and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received her MFA in fiction writing. She is the author of three novels. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Arts and Letters, Salt Hill, Natural Bridge, and Blithe House Quarterly Online, and have been anthologized in Best Lesbian Love Stories. She is also the author of ''Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past''.

Hassinger taught English to middle school students, writing and literature to undergraduates, and is currently teaching at the University of Illinois and in the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.


Semi-finalist for the 2005 Julia Peterkin Award; Publisher's Weekly 2003 Listen Up! award

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Selected Titles At Your Library

After the dam /
ISBN: 1597097535. OCLC Number: 946905304

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"Undone by motherhood, judged by her husband, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that's been her refuge: her grandmother's lake house in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her controlling and possibly gold-digging nurse, and a changed ex-boyfriend--her first and most passionate love. As a constant rain threatens the nearby dam, Rachel struggles to discern what's happened to the past, who she's become, and what kind of a life she will make for herself now--one that clings to ghosts or opens bravely to a wild new geography. From the acclaimed author of Nina: Adolescence and The Priest's Madonna comes a gripping new novel that depicts the transformative power of motherhood with honesty, wit, and compassion"--

Finding Katahdin :
ISBN: 0891011013. OCLC Number: 49235896

University of Maine Press,. .

Nina :
ISBN: 0425197204. OCLC Number: 55140036

BlueHen Books,. .

Nina :
ISBN: 0399150625. OCLC Number: 50898795

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Fifteen-year-old Nina, trying to hold her family together after the drowning death of her little brother, agrees to pose for a series of nude portraits for her artist mother, but things spiral out of control when the paintings, which chronicle the development of her body, are placed on public display.

The priest's madonna
ISBN: 9781602527782. OCLC Number: 176874037

Listen & Live Audio ;. .

In 1896, the priest in a small village in southern France suddenly came into possession of immense wealth. This much is true. What no one knows for sure is where his money came from. The history of the region suggests that he may have stumbled upon clues to a hidden treasure of the Knights Templar. An even more tantalizing possibility is that he discovered coded documents hidden in the structure of his church, documents so threatening to the Catholic Church that he was paid to keep silent. At his death under mysterious circumstances in 1917, his secrets died with him.

The priest's madonna /
ISBN: 0399153179. OCLC Number: 57722602

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

A novel about the forbidden love between a woman and an holy man and about the moral and spiritual struggles of faith.