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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ashley Preston Norton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


-- Ashley Preston Norton on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ashley+preston+norton


Illinois Connection

Preston was born in Chicago and attended Chicago Latin School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ashley is a graduate of Georgetown University and the New York University Creative Writing Program. She currently lives in New York with her husband and three children.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Cette la Vie
ISBN: 1424162246

PublishAmerica. 2007

Best friends for eternity can only explain the relationship between LeeAnna and Mc. The two girls run away from home in search of adventure and life when they end up in the care of Captain Rick and his crew aboard the one and only Lynx. The only things that LeeAnna and Mc are aware of are the two handsome faces on board the ship until they find themselves in a battle that seemingly has no end. Time after time the girls find themselves pitted between old enemies and don’t realize how deep they are embedded into the plot until it comes time to test their survival skills. The girls are pushed to their limits, but it seems that survival isn’t the only thing at stake when LeeAnna’s heart starts being unwillingly stretched to its limits also.

The Chocolate Money
ISBN: 0547840047

Mariner Books. 2012

As addictive, decadent and delicious as chocolate itself

Set in 1980s Chicago and on the East Coast, this electric novel chronicles the relationship between an impossibly rich chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her sensitive and bookish young daughter, Bettina. Babs plays by no one’s rules: naked Christmas cards, lavish theme parties with lewd installations at her Lake Shore Drive penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who “admires her centerfold” while his wife sleeps at their nearby home.

Bettina wants nothing more than to win her mother’s affection and approval, both of which prove elusive. When she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep school, Bettina finds that her unorthodox upbringing makes it difficult to fit in with her peers, one of whom happens to be the son of Babs’s lover. As she struggles to forge an identity apart from her mother, Bettina walks a fine line between self-preservation and self-destruction.

As funny as it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest, Prep, and 50 Shades of Gray all rolled into one compulsively readable book.