Martha McPhee first introduced readers to the charismatic Furey clan in 1997 with her debut novel Bright Angel Time, for which she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to complete. The NEA’s money was well spent -- McPhee’s follow-up novel, Gorgeous Lies, garnered a 2002 National Book Award nomination.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1964
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Bowdoin College, 1987; M.F.A., Columbia University, 1994
National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Gorgeous Lies, 1998
|Our Book Club Pick|
In the highly anticipated sequel to of McPhee's well-received first novel, Bright Angel Time, the life of therapist Anton Fury man is reviewed by his “blended” family -- all of the wives, children, and assorted others who have gathered around his deathbed -- as they try to make peace with the charismatic head of their unconventional tribe.
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|All in the Family|
|McPhee is the daughter of author John McPhee, whose Annals of the Former World was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. In addition, his Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were both nominated for National Book Awards for science. No doubt he's proud of his daughter's own National Book Award nomination for Gorgeous Lies.|
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In the brilliant Greek sunshine of a small Aegean island, Beth and Cesare meet-and thus begins a transformative love affair that spans two continents, two decades, and two lifetimes. The events of September 11 serve as a catalyst for the unfolding of their story, in which passion struggles against the inexorable force of patria. An examination of the intersection between Europe and America, the old and the new, L'America is above all a remarkable evocation of the dizzying, life-changing power of first love.
|Gone With the Wind|
McPhee reveals that when she read Margaret Mitchell's classic, "I fell in love with Scarlet -- and wanted to be her." Read on to learn more about McPhee's reading recommendations, including:
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