ABOUT LENORE HART: A SHORT BIO

Lenore Hart is the author of eight novels, including Waterwoman (Penguin) a Barnes & Noble Discover Award book, Ordinary Springs (Penguin), Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher (St. Martin's Press), and The Raven’s Bride (St. Martin's Press).  Her work has also been published in Norwegian, Portuguese, and Brazilian editions. Hart's books for children and young adults are T. Rex at Swan Lake (Dutton), The Treasure of Savage Island (Dutton), and the forthcoming Still Life, With Dragons. Her short stories, poetry, and nonfiction have been published or won awards in the U.S., Canada, and Scandinavia.  Hart has been a writer in residence or visiting professor at Florida State University, Flagler College, New College of Florida, the U.S. Naval Academy, Florida College at Jacksonville, George Mason University, Elizabethtown College, and ODU. She’s received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Florida Fine Arts Council, and ODU. Her work has been featured on Voice of America, in Poets and Writers Magazine, and on the PBS series ���Writer To Writer.”  She's on the faculty of the Wilkes University MA/MFA Creative Writing program in Pennsylvania, and teaches at the Norman Mailer Center (NYC and Cape Cod) and at the Ossabaw Island Writers' Retreat. She’s also the fiction acquisitions editor at Northampton House Press. 

NOVELS BY LENORE HART

THE RAVEN'S BRIDE is a historical 'ghost story' based on the marriage of Edgar Allan Poe to his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm, nicknamed 'Sissy'. Much has been written about Poe from his perspective, but here's the story of their life together told by Virginia. It opens in Baltimore with a chilling scene at Washington Hospital, where the delirious Poe has been brought to die. Virginia has come to escort Poe to the afterlife — if he will agree to come along. While she comforts him, we see the story of their meeting through her eyes ("I met the man of my dreams when I was eight years old.") and learn why they married when she was still so young. What's if like to be the wife of  a great genius who is also considered by some to be a madman? Sissy in this case is the best person to tell the story.  "An impressive, original work that illuminates its subject." (Publisher's Weekly, starred review)   

BECKY: THE LIFE AND LOVES OF BECKY THATCHER (St. Martin's Press, 2008) follows the lives of Mark Twain's famous characters Tom Sawyer,  Becky Thatcher, and Huck Finn — but now they are adults. It opens in 1910, when Mark Twain — best known to Becky as Sammy Clemens of Hannibal — has suddenly passed away, just when he said he would, "gone with Halley's comet." Now she feels free to tell the story of Tom and Huck and Sid and her as it really happened, and to put back the parts Twain left out of his novel... such as how Injun Joe really died, and what actually happened when she and Tom were trapped in the cave. And why she finally rejected Tom and came to marry his cousin Sid. But can she ever really forget the sweet-talking, maddening, irresponsible Tom Sawyer? Against the backdrops of Hannibal, the Sierra Nevada, and San Francisco, she certainly plans to try... "[an] engaging visit with old friends." (PEOPLE Magazine.) 

Before that came ORDINARY SPRINGS (Penguin Putnam, 2005), a mystery and coming of age story set in Florida in the 1950s and 60s. Dory Gamble is the main character. Her mother left when she was a baby, so she was raised by her father, Owen, and grew up working alongside him in their hardware store in Ordinary Springs. She always thought the two of them would be inseparable. But when she's fifteen, Owen falls for their attractive new neighbor, whose husband is too sick to even come outside. Soon Dory understands how one betrayal can breed and multiply; how willing even good people can be to hurt each other. When she lashes out against everything she once loved, and then has to pay a terrible price, nothing can ever be the same. Soon she will find out if you can go home again. "Gritty, fierce... a fine vintage portrait of a tough girl whom life teachers to be tougher." (Publisher's Weekly, starred review.)