Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Nora Shalaway Carpenter (she/her) is the author of THE EDGE OF ANYTHING (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year; a Kirkus Reviews Best Book; A Mighty Girl’s Best Book; a Cybils Awards finalist; and the Discover Great Books Through Reading 2021 North Carolina selection). She is the contributing editor of RURAL VOICES: 15 AUTHORS CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT SMALL-TOWN AMERICA (an NPR Best Book of 2020; a YALSA Best Fiction YA 2022 selection; a Bank Street Best Book of the Year; a Country Living’s Front Porch Book Club selection; Nautilus winner; and a Junior Library Guild selection). Her forthcoming anthology, AB(solutely) NORMAL, is co-edited with Rocky Callen and subverts mental health stereotypes. Her forthcoming novel, FAULT LINES, offers an unflinching examination of socio-economics, gender expectations, and environmental ethics set in a troubled but gorgeous Appalachian landscape. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught and lectured at workshops around the country, including Highlights’ Whole Novel Workshop. Originally from rural West Virginia, she currently lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina. Connect with her at

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