Fran Hawthorne spent more than three decades writing award-winning nonfiction, including eight books, mainly about consumer activism and business social responsibility. Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love (Beacon Press) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Library Journal. In addition, she’s been an editor and writer (staff and freelance) at BusinessWeek, Fortune, The New York Times, and other newspapers and magazines.
Ms. Hawthorne has also been writing fiction even longer than nonfiction. Her debut novel, The Heirs (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2018), is the story of a New Jersey soccer mom who becomes obsessed with investigating both her mother’s story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland and the Polish-Catholic family of her son’s soccer teammate.