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.