Amanda Eyre Ward

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Novelist Amanda Eyre Ward joins us this week. She’ll be talking with us about her latest, THE NEARNESS OF YOU  (Penguin Random House, Feb 21, 2017).

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Amanda Eyre Ward is the critically acclaimed author of six novels, including How to Be Lost, Close Your Eyes,  and The Same Sky.  Her latest is The Nearness of You (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Amanda was born in New York City. She majored in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and received her MFA at the University of Montana. She has taught at Athens College in Greece, worked as a librarian in Massachusetts and Montana, and has written for the Austin Chronicle.

Amanda’s novel, Sleep Toward Heaven won the Violet Crown book award and was optioned for film by Sandra Bullock and Fox Searchlight. Her novel, How to Be Lost was a Target Bookmarked pick and has been published in fifteen countries, and Close Your Eyes, received a four-star review in People Magazine, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2011, and won the Elle Magazine Fiction Book of the Year.  Her 2015 novel, The Same Sky received excellent reviews from People Magazine, New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, among others.

Amanda lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.


About The Nearness of You

In this profound and lyrical novel, acclaimed author Amanda Eyre Ward explores the deeper meanings of motherhood—from the first blissful hello to the heart-wrenching prospect of saying goodbye.

Brilliant heart surgeon Suzette Kendall is stunned when Hyland, her husband of fifteen years, admits his yearning for a child. From the beginning they’d decided that having children was not an option, as Suzette feared passing along the genes that landed her mother in a mental institution. But Hyland proposes a different idea: a baby via surrogate. Suzette agrees, and what follows is a whirlwind of candidate selection, hospital visits, and Suzette’s doubts over whether she’s made the right decision. A young woman named Dorothy Muscarello is chosen as the one who will help make this family complete. For Dorrie, surrogacy (and the money that comes with it) are her opportunity to leave behind a troubled past and create a future for herself—one full of possibility. But this situation also forces all three of them—Dorrie, Suzette, and Hyland—to face a devastating uncertainty that will reverberate in the years to come.

Beautifully shifting between perspectives, The Nearness of You deftly explores the connections we form, the families we create, and the love we hold most dear. Penguin Random House

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