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Individual Author Record

General Information

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: in Michigan

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McNees lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kelly O'Connor McNees is the author of two novels, "The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott" and "In Need of a Good Wife." Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly found that books made good friends. Mary Lennox, Winnie Foster, Kit Tyler, Will Stanton, and a dozen other characters were as real to her as any of the kids on her block, and she decided that the best way to keep them around and provide them with some company was to become a writer herself. Kelly received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at "Seventeen," and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago.


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Titles At Your Library


Awards

-- "In Need of a Good Wife"

-- *Finalist, Willa Award

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-- "Undiscovered Country"

-- *Starred Review, Library Journal