I’m really excited to have Laura Hurwitz on the blog today with one of my all time favorite author features. We often get to know very basic and simple things about our authors, but I like to dig deeper and learn more, so I started doing 10 Random Things several years ago.
Take a moment to get to know Laura, and be sure to check out her book DISAPPEAR HOME out right now from AW Teen!
10 Random Things About Laura Hurwitz
2. When I was in college, a nerdy young director came to my school to showcase his debut film. The reception was lukewarm. When he asked me to go out with him to the local bar I said yes because I felt sorry for him. I even let him kiss me. The object of my charity’s name: Steven Spielberg.
3. The only manicure I’ve ever gotten was twenty years ago. I’m cringing now, thinking about how they pushed my cuticles pushed back. I hated it.
4. My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I suspect that everything I write is a just a retelling of Jane Eyre, and I’m okay with that.
5. In conversation I tend to overuse the word “actually.” Actually, I am trying to stop.
6. My abhorrence of clutter is borderline pathological yet I am fascinated by the show “Hoarders.”
7. Back in the day I was a model and actress. My first speaking part was in the made-for-TV movie “How To Pick Up Girls” in which I played (you guessed it) a girl.
8. One of my biggest regrets is that I never learned to do a cartwheel.
9. I have tried all my life, but I still can’t manage to make myself burp.
10. In middle school I was part of a folk music quartet. One of our gigs was for ladies’ church group tea and we got paid in crocheted shawls.
Laura Hurwitz is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of six travel-essay books, including Simply Nantucket, MalaMala: Pathway to an African Eden, Cayman, and Holmespun. She is co-author of the award-winning children’s eco-adventure series, Adventures of Riley and maintains a popular blog. This is her first novel. Laura lives with her husband and, on occasion, some number of her six adult children in Connecticut.
About The Book
In 1970, as the hippie movement is losing its innocence, Shoshanna and her six-year-old sister, Mara, escape from Sweet Earth Farm, a declining commune, run by their tyrannical and abusive father, Adam. Their mother, Ella, takes them to San Francisco, where they meet one of her old friends, Judy, and the four of them decide to head off and try to make a life together. Finding a safe haven at the farm of kind, elderly Avery Elliot, the four of them find some measure of peace and stability. Then their mother's crippling depression returns. Confused and paranoid, Ella is convinced that she and the girls must leave before Adam finds them and extracts revenge. The girls don't wish to leave the only stable home they've ever had. But as Ella grows worse and worse, events conspire to leave them to face a choice they never could have imagined. Shoshanna has always watched over her sister and once again she has to watch over her ailing mother. Will she ever live a "normal" life?
Release Date: March 1st, 2016 | Publisher: AW Teen | Pages: 256
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