Lisa Tucker is dedicated to the craft of telling a good story. Her novels are heartfelt tales of family struggles with universal themes, but readers will also be delighted to know that they’re also ripping good page-turners. Tucker’s multi-layered approach to storytelling has generated many fans and glowing reviews.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1984; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1987; M.A., Villanova University, 1991
American Library Association Popular Paperback for Young Adults for The Song Reader, 2004
Lisa Tucker's official web site
|Tucker's Latest Tale|
|Once Upon a Day|
19 years ago a famous man disappeared from Hollywood, taking his two children to a desolate corner of New Mexico where he raised them in complete isolation in a utopian “Sanctuary.” Now Dorothea, the man's 23 year-old daughter, is leaving this place for the first time, in search of her missing brother. Her search will turn into an odyssey of discovery, leading to the shocking truth about her family's past and the terrifying events of that day that drove her father to flee Los Angeles in a desperate attempt to protect his children from a dangerous world.
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|The Importance of Hanging In There|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Tucker to tell us how she "made it" a writer. "I got my first agent in 1997. She wasn’t able to sell any of my work. I got my current agent at the end of 2001, and she got me a two-book deal in about a month. The four years in between were hard, though I never stopped writing," she reveals. "Hanging next to my desk, I have a cheap little purple ribbon that I bought at a school supply store, the kind given out to the kids who don’t win the prize: 'I Try My Best.' I wanted to succeed, of course, but mainly I wanted to live up to that."|
|A Dazzling Debut||Favorite Writers and Reads|
|The Song Reader|
Ever get a song stuck in your head and wonder why you can’t shake it out? In The Song Reader (2003), Mary Beth believes that songs are a sign, and she uses them to provide insight into people’s lives, much the same way a palm reader would. The real healing begins when Mary Beth turns her vision inward.... A delightful debut from a writer to watch.
|Anywhere but Here|
In our interview, we also asked Tucker to tell us about some of her favorite books. She calls Mona Simpson's Anywhere but Here "a wonderful story about family; I think this novel may have saved my life one summer." Read our interview with Tucker to learn more about her favorite writers and reads, including:
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