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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kelly O'Connor McNees  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Michigan


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


Illinois Connection

Kelly now lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kelly O'Connor McNees is the author of two novels. Kelly received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at "Seventeen," and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
ISBN: 0425240835

Berkley. 2011

A richly imagined, remarkably written story of the woman who created Little Women- and how love changed her in ways she never expected.

Deftly mixing fact and fiction, Kelly O'Connor McNees returns to the summer of 1855, when vivacious Louisa May Alcott is twenty-two and bursting to free herself from family and societal constraints and do what she loves most. Stuck in small-town New Hampshire, she meets Joseph Singer, and as she opens her heart, 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.

In Need of a Good Wife
ISBN: 0425257924

Berkley. 2012

Richly detailed, vivid, and unforgettable, this is an extraordinary novel about three women challenging the American West—and unpredictable fate—for a future only the most daring can secure…

For Clara Bixby, brokering mail-order brides is a golden business opportunity—and a desperately needed chance to start again. If she can help New York women find husbands in a far-off Nebraska town, she can build an independent new life away from her own loss and grief.

Clara’s ambitions are shared by two other women, who are also willing to take any risk. Quiet immigrant Elsa hopes to escape her life of servitude and at last shape her own destiny. And Rowena, the willful, impoverished heiress, jumps at the chance to marry a humble stranger and repay a heartbreaking debt. All three struggle to find their true place in the world, leaving behind who they were in order to lay claim to the person they want to be. Along the way, each must face unexpected obstacles and dangerous choices, but they also help to forge a nation unlike any that came before.


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