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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jane Hamilton  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Hamilton was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hamilton spent has spent most of her life in the Midwest. After Hamilton graduated from college in Minnesota, she stopped off on her way to New York for a job in publishing to visit a friend who was working on a farm for the summer. They needed help for picking season so she stayed a month and ended up falling in love her friend's cousin. They married and she now lives on an apple orchard in Rochester, Wisconsin.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The book of Ruth /
ISBN: 061302527X. OCLC Number:

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Ruth, a young woman living in a rural Illinois town, looks back on the people who have shaped her life, including her runaway father, shrewish mother, and crazy husband.

A map of the world /
ISBN: 0385720106. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. 1994.

A woman is falsely accused of molesting a child and goes to jail. The drama begins when Alice Goodwin, a school nurse in a small town in Wisconsin, has a moment of inattention while caring for children and one of them drowns, an occasion for the community to settle scores with an outsider. By the author of The Book of Ruth.

The short history of a prince :
ISBN: 0385479484. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©1998.

A roman a trois featuring a homosexual boy and a heterosexual girl, both in love with a bisexual boy. The main protagonist is the homosexual who aspires to be a ballet dancer, thanks to the influence of a lesbian aunt. The setting is 1970s Wisconsin. By the author of A Map of the World.

Disobedience :
ISBN: 0552998907. OCLC Number:

Black Swan,. London :. 2001.

When Madeline was young :
ISBN: 0385516711. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. ©2006.

When Aaron Maciver's beautiful young wife, Madeline, suffers brain damage in a bike accident, she is left with the intellectual powers of a six-year-old. In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for Madeline with deep tenderness and devotion as they raise two children of their own.

Laura Rider's masterpiece :
ISBN: 0446538957. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2009.

After twelve years of marriage, Laura Rider decides to stop sleeping with her husband Charlie and write a book, a decision that prompts her to push Charlie into a romance with local radio show host Jenna with comical results.


The Book of Ruth

  • PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel
  • Oprah Book Club Selection
  • Basis for a 2004 television film of the same title
  • A Map of the World

  • Notable Book of the Year, New York Times
  • Top ten books of the year, Entertainment Weekly
  • Top ten books of the year, Publishers Weekly
  • Top ten books of the year, the Miami Herald
  • Top ten books of the year, People magazine
  • Adapted for a film in 1999
  • Oprah Book Club selection, 1999
  • The Short History of a Prince

  • Best Book, Publishers Weekly, 1998

    Other Awards

    Speaking Engagements

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