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General Information

Name:  Geralyn Hesslau Magrady  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction


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Illinois Connection

Hesslau Magrady grew up in Chicago. She currently resides in Berwyn.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hesslau Magrady has taught English for 18 years. Presently, she teaches at Fenwick High School in Oak Park but has also taught at Proviso East High School in Maywood and St. Bernardine School in Forest Park. She and earned her bachelor’s degree from Dominican University and master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University.Hesslau Magrady's book ''Lines-'' was selected as a 2016 finalist in the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project. She has also published a chapbook of poems, ''One Thing Leads to Another''.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1515141276

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2015

In 1871, Chicago is unaware of the great tragedy ready to unfold. The class struggles that were evident prior to the fire will be strengthened during the city's rebirth, and an obedient Livia Haas must find her own strength during the transition. Affected by a first love, a deceased brother, and a sinister acquaintance who threatens her life and family, Livia Haas is forced to question literal and personal lines, as well as those that exist in the lineage from which she is born.



  • Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project Winner, 2016

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