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									Karen Joy FowlerKaren Joy Fowler
An author who traverses genres from sci-fi/fantasy to women's fiction, Karen Joy Fowler explores the mysteries of history, feminism, love, and friendship with her novels, like the reading group favorite The Jane Austen Book Club.

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Fact File

Karen Joy Fowler
Current Home:
Davis, California
Date of Birth:
February 7, 1950
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A., The University of California, Berkeley, 1972; M.A., The University of California, Davis, 1974

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Selected Works

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								The Jane Austen Book Club, Author: 
								Karen Joy Fowler.

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The Jane Austen Book Club
by Karen Joy Fowler
Meet the members of the "Central Valley/River City all-Jane-Austen-all-the-time book club." As the group of unique women bond over their reading of the masterful Austen's works (yes, Fowler's a big fan), they find the timelessness and power of human connection and the enduring possibilities of love.

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								Sweetheart Season, Author: 
								Karen Joy Fowler.
*  Sweetheart Season (1996)
*  Black Glass: Short Fictions (1998)
*  Sister Noon (2001)
*  The Jane Austen Book Club (2004)

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If at First You Don't Succeed...

"I've been writing more than 20 years. I have a file of rejection slips; I'm in the triple digits," Fowler revealed to us in our exclusive interview. "I take my collection of rejections with me often when I teach. I want my students to see that this is not a job for the easily discouraged. You have to develop what some other writer (maybe one of you knows which? I've not been able to track it down) has called the pachydermal skin of the writer."

An Early Influence

Favorite Writers & Reads

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								The Once and Future King, Author: 
								T. H. White.

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The Once and Future King
by T. H. White
"I read this book first when I was about 12. I've reread it a dozen times since," Fowler told us of T. H. White's classic Camelot epic. "I was very imprinted by the narrative voice -- omniscient shading into limited and back out. I tend to use that voice myself."

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								The Left Hand of Darkness, Author: 
								Ursula K. Le Guin.

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The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin
"What I love in books is a transporting story and beautiful language. All the books I love best have both. I'm also partial to exotic locations," Fowler told us. Ursula K. Le Guin's sci-fi classic The Left Hand of Darkness made her list of favorite books; read our interview to find out about more, including:

*Housekeeping  by Marilynne Robinson
*The Truth About Celia  by Kevin Brockmeier
*The Dazzle of Day  by Molly Gloss
*The Makioka Sisters  by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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