Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Nora Shalaway Carpenter’s debut novel The Edge of Anything was named “Best of the Year” by Bank Street, Kirkus Reviews, and A Mighty Girl, and was a Library of Congress Discover Great Places Through Reading list selection. Her critically acclaimed anthology Rural Voices was an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street Best Book, a Whippoorwill Award winner for authentic rural fiction, and a Nautilus Award double winner, among numerous other honors. Her new novel, Fault Lines, was named to the prestigious TAYSHAS state reading list by the Texas Library Association and selected as a Cybils Award finalist. Her new anthology of mental health fiction, AB(solutely) NORMAL, was also named to the TAYSHAS Texas state reading list. Carpenter holds an MFA from VCFA. Learn more at

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