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									Sarah Addison AllenSarah Addison Allen
Since her 2007 debut novel, Garden Spells, North Carolina novelist Sarah Addison Allen has been whipping up her unique brand of fiction writing – a delightful concoction she describes as "Southern-fried magic realism."

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Sarah Addison Allen
Current Home:
Asheville, North Carolina
B.A. in Literature, 1994

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								Garden Spells, Author: 
								Sarah Addison Allen.

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Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen
Get bewitched with the new Barnes & Noble Recommends selection -- Sarah Addison Allen's luminous tale about love, fate, and family. In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In her debut novel, Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.

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If at First You Don't Succeed...

"There’s an old hymn called 'How Can I Keep from Singing?' That’s what writing feels like to me," Allen told us in our interview. "I went through a very long dry spell during which I wrote like a fiend but couldn’t sell a thing. So I gave up and went back to school, determined to leave writing behind. But when writing is so much a part of who you are, how can you keep from writing? I lasted a semester. I started writing again and wrote Garden Spells."

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								To Kill a Mockingbird, Author: 
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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"I first read this in ninth grade," recalls Allen of Harper Lee's classic. "At the time I didn’t understand why my literature teacher placed such emphasis on Atticus. We had to write entire essays about Atticus. I didn’t care about Atticus. I thought my teacher missed the point and it was clearly a story about the kids. I read it again in my 20s and said, 'Oh.' I read this book at least once a year now."

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								Second Nature, Author: 
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Second Nature
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"I was first introduced to magic realism while studying literature in college, and I was immediately captivated by this technique of blending the supernatural and unusual into everyday life," Allen told us. "But it was always a very deep story that was told, always very literary. Years later, I discovered Alice Hoffman and everything changed for me. She took magic realism and made it accessible, she made it romantic. She made me want to write it." Read our interview with Allen to learn about more of her favorite books, including:

*Good Dog, Carl  by Alexandra Day
*I Am One of You Forever  by Fred Chappell
*Persuasion  by Jane Austen
*The Deep Blue Good-By  by John D. MacDonald
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