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									Mark WinegardnerMark Winegardner
Mark Winegardner was already an acclaimed novelist in his own right (The Veracruz Blues, Crooked River Burning) before he was selected as part of an exhaustive search conducted by the great Mario Puzo's publisher to carry the formidable literary torch that is the Godfather saga.

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Mark Winegardner
Current Home:
Tallahassee, Florida
Date of Birth:
November 24, 1961
Place of Birth:
Bryan, Ohio
B.A., Miami University, 1983; M.F.A., George Mason University, 1987

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A Publishing Sensation

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								The Godfather's Revenge, Author: 
								Mark Winegardner, Mark  Winegardner.

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The Godfather's Revenge
by Mark Winegardner, Mark Winegardner
The third installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family-one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema-achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.

*  The Godfather Returns: The Saga of the Family Corleone   by Mark Winegardner
*  The Godfather   by Mario Puzo

The Story Behind the Sequel

Winegardner was selected to carry the formidable torch that is the Godfather saga as part of an unprecedented media blitz/talent search conducted by Mario Puzo's longtime editor and friend, Random House VP Jonathan Karp. "He was our first choice to write The Godfather Returns and we were elated when he accepted," Karp explains in a fascinating behind-the-scenes essay. "We know the risks of following in the tradition of a pop classic. I’m not worried. Having edited the novel, I’m certain of its quality and its power. The Corleones have become an American myth, and like all great myths, each retelling brings new meaning and new rewards."

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Winegardner's Reading Recommendations

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								The Human Stain, Author: 
								Philip Roth.

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The Human Stain
by Philip Roth
In our exclusive interview with Winegardner, he talked to us about his favorite books and authors, among them, Philip Roth. "No matter how hard any of us are working, there's the sense that Roth is working harder," Winegardner explains. "No matter how good any of us is, there's the sense that Roth is better. My hero."

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								Beloved, Author: 
								Toni Morrison.

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by Toni Morrison
Winegardner calls Toni Morrison's dark, complex work his "sleeper pick for the greatest novel ever written by an American." Read our exclusive interview with Winegardner to learn even more about his all-time favorite writers and reads, including:

*The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*Invisible Man  by Ralph Ellison
*Revolutionary Road  by Richard Yates
*Absalom, Absalom!  by William Faulkner
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