Thursday, June 17, 2010

Literary Legacies

This month three authors with "connections" are making their debuts.

Maggie Pouncey is the daughter of Peter Pouncey (Rules for Old Men Waiting) and her new novel, Perfect Reader, is about family secrets.

Chris Binchy is the nephew of Irish novelist Maeve Binchy.  His fifth novel (first in the United States) is Five Days Apart and is a family drama ala auntie Maeve.

Carin Clevidence is the stepdaughter of Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) and her first novel is The House on Salt Hay Road which is set on the beach just before the Long Island hurricane of 1938.

Now these three are not the first with relatives in the book business--here are a few others that come to mind:

Joe Hill--son of Stephen King
Carol Higgins Clark--daughter of Mary Higgins Clark
Christopher Rice--son of Anne Rice
Jeff Lindsay of Dexter fame--nephew of Ernest Hemingway by marriage

Can you name some of your favorite authors with literary relatives?

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