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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Julia Fine  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Fine is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago's MFA program. She lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Julia Fine is the author of the critically acclaimed debut What Should Be Wild, which was short-listed for both the Bram Stoker Superior First Novel Award and the Chicago Review of Books Award. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives.


What Should Be Wild

Washington Post Best Fantasy Book, May

Refinery 29 Best May Book

Chicago Review of Books Best May Book

Verge Gripping Fantasy Novel, May

Finalist, Bram Stoker Superior Achievement in a First Novel Award

Short-listed, Chicago Review of Books Best Novel Prize

Bustle Unmissable Debut of the Year

Popsugar Best Book of the Year

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Summer 2018 Selection

Starred Review, Publishes Weekly

Starred Review, Library Journal

The Upstairs House

Good Morning America Book of the Month Selection

Popsugar Must-Read Book of the Month

Buzzfeed Most Anticipated Book of the Year

The Millions Most Anticipated Book of the Year

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The upstairs house :
ISBN: 006297582X. OCLC Number: 1237119388

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Recovering from a difficult childbirth, a woman caring for her newborn alone while her husband travels for work suffers a psychological unraveling that causes her to see the ghost of famed children's book author Margaret Wise Brown.

What should be wild :
ISBN: 0062684132. OCLC Number: 1000318184

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Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father - an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter - has warned her not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for millennia her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge - for she is descended from a long line of cursed women. But one day Maisie's father disappears, and she must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, Maisie encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.