Lynne Hugo

Lynne Hugo’s eighth novel is The Testament of Harold’s Wife from Kensington Books. She is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient who has also received multiple grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Where the Trail Grows Faint, about animal-assisted therapy in a nursing home with a sweet and crazy Lab, won the Riverteeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. Previous novels include A Matter of Mercy, which received the 2015 Independent Publishers Silver Medal for Best North-East Fiction, and Remember My Beauties. An earlier novel, Swimming Lessons, was produced by Hearst Entertainment as a Lifetime Movie.

Ms. Hugo’s first two books were poetry, and well-crafted, lyrical language remains an important element of her prose. She aims to write complex characters contending with contemporary dilemmas and searching for realistic hope. She is currently intrigued by the challenge of juxtaposing humor and heartbreak in her work, hoping to capture how the tears of each come from the same human place.

Born and educated in New England, she and her husband now live in Ohio with Scout, a yellow Lab feared by squirrels in three states.

Book Reviews by Lynne Hugo

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“beautifully crafted, unusually structured novel about the inescapability of memory, the tragic scars left by trauma and abuse, and the abuse of power.”

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In this exquisitely written, psychologically sophisticated novel, rich in insight and sensitivity to human vulnerability, Anshaw suggests that shared tragedies do not nece

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There are wonderful novels that transport a reader far from the world as it is.

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Clover Blue, Eldonna Edward’s second novel, is set during the mid-seventies, in what Edwards names the Saffron Freedom Community, which she places in outside Santa Rosa, California.

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“[W]hen love ends in frustrated, sad, even bitter disappointment, what does that really mean? Does it, in fact, end?

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Nell Freudenberger opens Lost and Wanted with wicked good literary instinct: “In the first few months after Charlie died, I began hearing from her much more frequently.