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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kelly O'connor McNees  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: in Michigan


-- Website -- http://www.kellyoconnormcnees.com/blog
-- Kelly O'connor McNees on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=kelly+o%27connor+mcnees


Illinois Connection

Kelly now lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kelly was born and raised in Michigan. She is a former editorial assistant and English Teacher. Her first novel has been selected by Oprah for her 2010 summer reading list. Born and raised in Michigan, she has lived in New York, Rhode Island, and Ontario and now resides with her husband in Chicago.


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Titles At Your Library

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
ISBN: 0399156526

Penguin Adult HC/TR. 2010

In the bestselling tradition of Loving Frank and March comes a novel for anyone who loves Little Women.

Millions of readers have fallen in love with Little Women. But how could Louisa May Alcott-who never had a romance-write so convincingly of love and heart-break without experiencing it herself?

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees imagines a love affair that would threaten Louisa's writing career-and inspire the story of Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire in 1855, Louisa finds herself torn between a love that takes her by surprise and her dream of independence as a writer in Boston. The choice she must make comes with a steep price that she will pay for the rest of her life.


Speaking Engagements

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