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									Paul JaskunasPaul Jaskunas
Former journalist Paul Jaskunas's gripping debut novel, Hidden -- a tale of domestic violence written from a female perspective -- is prompting praise from high-profile authors including Anna Quindlen and Chris Bohjalian.

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Paul Jaskunas
Current Home:
Arlington, Virginia
Date of Birth:
October 6, 1971
Place of Birth:
San Antonio, Texas
Oberlin College, 1994; Cornell University 2000

Jaskunas's Debut

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								Hidden, Author: 
								Paul Jaskunas.

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by Paul Jaskunas
Six years ago, Maggie's Wilson's husband went to jail, based on her testimony identifying him as the man who brutally attacked her. When she learns that another inmate has confessed to the crime and that her ex-husband will be freed, the shock plunges Maggie into memories of her stormy marriage. Suspenseful and intelligent, Hidden is ultimately about a woman confronting the real costs of finding out the truth.

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Good to Know

"I’d love to be a photographer," Jaskunas revealed in our exclusive interview. "I like the way photographers blend in, make themselves invisible while cornering the world in their lenses, and changing it, too. I began taking pictures as a kind of hobby a few years ago, and became sort of obsessed with it."

Jaskunas's Reading Recommendations

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Oscar and Lucinda
by Peter Carey
In our interview, we asked Jaskunas to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books. He selected Booker prize winner Oscar and Lucinda, calling it "A thrilling, inventive love story." He observes, "Peter Carey seems to me like a writer who is exhilarated by letting his characters be themselves."

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								The Love of a Good Woman, Author: 
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The Love of a Good Woman
by Alice Munro
Jaskunas also selected this selection of stories by Alice Munro as a favorite book. "Munro writes about love in a way that seems familiar yet surprising and unsettling," he reflects. Read our interview to learn more about Jaskunas's reading recommendations, including:

*The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)  by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (Translator), Maire Jaanus (Introduction)
*As I Lay Dying  by William Faulkner
*Lolita  by Vladimir Nabokov
*The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien
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