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Author of Precious and Everyone but You

A native of Pennsylvania, Sandra Novack's novel Precious (Random House) was named a Booklist Top Ten Debut and was a Reader's Circle selection. The novel received starred, critical reviews and was called "haunting,” “lyrical and finely crafted,” and according to Teresa Weaver, it showed “a new writer already in full command of her gifts.” Her writing was compared favorably with Anne Tyler's and John Updike's. Novack is also the author of the story collection Everyone But You (Random House), which was called “gutsy,” “raw,” and “honest,” with “artfully crafted characters,” and was named a Best Chicago area book. Her short stories have appeared in over thirty literary venues, including Gulf Coast, The Chattahoochee Review, The Iowa Review, and The Gettysburg Review. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, and Stephen King named “Memphis” a Distinguished Story. Novack is a graduate of Vermont College's Fine Arts Program. She lives in Chicago.

Novack has taught at The University of Cincinnati, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and West Georgia College. Since 2002, she has also taught fiction to adult learners on-line at Writers on the Net ( She is the recipient of numerous grants for her work. Her new novel is currently out with editors in NYC. She's now at work on her fourth book (adult, literary novel) and a middle-grade work.

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