Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Nora Shalaway Carpenter is the author of The Edge of Anything, which was named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. She is contributing editor of Rural Voices: 15 Authors Challenge Assumptions About Small-Town America, which was named an NPR Best Book of the Year, a YALSA Best Fiction selection, and a TAYSHAS list selection, among numerous other honors. Her next anthology, AB(SOLUTELY) NORMAL: Short Stories That Smash Mental Health Stereotypes releases April 11 from Candlewick and her next novel, Fault Lines, releases September 12 from Running Press Teen. Carpenter holds an MFA from VCFA.

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