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The Atria Summer 2013 Beach-Read Bag

The Atria Summer 2013 Beach-Read Bag

A Free Collection of Excerpts from Some of Our Favorite Writers

The Atria Summer 2013 Beach-Read Bag: A free collection of thirteen excerpts from novels by some of our favorite writers.

There’s nothing that goes better with beach season than a delicious novel. With that in mind, we present Atria’s Summer 2013 Beach-Read Bag: a free collection of 13 excerpts from novels by some of our favorite writers. Selections include:

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwartz

Five Days by Douglas Kennedy

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

With All My Love by Patricia Scanlon

The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah

The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown

Waiting for Jules by Tamara N. Houston

No matter whether you’re on a plane traveling to your getaway destination or on your couch planted firmly in front of the air conditioner, we’ve got a great story guaranteed to whisk you away on a reading vacation.
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  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476735177 | 
  • June 2013
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Abigail Tarttelin
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Abigail Tarttelin

Abigail Tarttelin is a writer, an actress, and the book editor for Phoenix magazine in the UK. Her novel, Golden Boy, received a 2014 Alex Award and was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. She lives in London. Find out more at AbigailTarttelin.com.

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Sahar Delijani
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Sahar Delijani

Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran’s Evin Prison in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She makes her home with her husband in Turin, Italy. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is her first novel; it has been translated into twenty-seven languages and published in more than seventy-five countries. Find out more at SaharDelijani.com/en.

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Christina Schwarz
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Christina Schwarz

Christina Schwarz is the author of four previous novels, including The Edge of the Earth and the Oprah Book Club selection Drowning Ruth. Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, she lives in Southern California.

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Kate Morton
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Kate Morton

Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.

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Douglas Kennedy
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Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy is the author of ten previous novels, including the international bestseller The Moment. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Find out more at DouglaslKennedyNovelist.com.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dogs, Rabbit and Rex. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

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Lucinda Riley
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Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House, The Girl on the Cliff, The Lavender Garden, and The Midnight Rose. She lives in London and the English countryside with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com.

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Karen Brown
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Karen Brown

Karen Brown is the author of Little Sinners and Other Stories, which was named a Best Book of 2012 by Publishers Weekly, and Pins and Needles: Stories, which was the recipient of AWP’s Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has been featured in The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, and Good Housekeeping. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of South Florida.

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Saira Shah
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Saira Shah

Saira Shah has won three Emmys for her films Unholy War, Beneath the Veil, and Death in Gaza. She has also written an autobiography, The Storyteller’s Daughter. Saira retired from filmmaking in 2003 and divides her time between the UK and France.

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Katja Millay

Katja Millay grew up in Florida and graduated with a degree in film & television production from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has worked as a television producer, and a film studies and screenwriting teacher. Currently she resides in Florida with her family. The Sea of Tranquility is her first book.

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Tamara N. Houston

Tamara Houston is the founder and managing partner of ICON MANN and CODE RED (Carpet). Houston oversees the entertainment brand strategy and career development of professional athletes, Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning actors. Writing is the wonderfully, cherished escape into her thoughts when the world outside gets too crowded.

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Patricia Scanlan
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Patricia Scanlan

Patricia Scanlan is the author of Forgive and Forget, Happy Ever After, and Love and Marriage, all international bestsellers. Her books have sold worldwide and have been translated into many languages. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the Open Door series. She also teaches creative writing to second-level students and is involved in adult literacy programs. She lives in Dublin.

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Thomas Keneally
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Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-one novels since. They include Schindler’s List, which won the Booker Prize in 1982, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates,all of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his boyhood memoir, Homebush Boy, The Commonwealth of Thieves,and Searching for Schindler. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney, Australia.

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