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Julia Fine

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Fine is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago's MFA program. She lives in Chicago.

Biography: Julia Fine is the author of the critically acclaimed debut What Should Be Wild, which was short-listed for both the Bram Stoker Superior First Novel Award and the Chicago Review of Books Award. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives.

    "What Should Be Wild"
  • -- Washington Post Best Fantasy Book, May
  • -- Refinery 29 Best May Book
  • -- Chicago Review of Books Best May Book
  • -- Verge Gripping Fantasy Novel, May
  • -- Finalist, Bram Stoker Superior Achievement in a First Novel Award
  • -- Short-listed, Chicago Review of Books Best Novel Prize
  • -- Bustle Unmissable Debut of the Year
  • -- Popsugar Best Book of the Year
  • -- Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Summer 2018 Selection
  • -- Starred Review, Publishes Weekly
  • -- Starred Review, Library Journal
  • "The Upstairs House"
  • -- Good Morning America Book of the Month Selection
  • -- Popsugar Must-Read Book of the Month
  • -- Buzzfeed Most Anticipated Book of the Year
  • -- The Millions Most Anticipated Book of the Year

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The upstairs house :
ISBN: 006297582X OCLC: 1237119388

Recovering from a difficult childbirth, a woman caring for her newborn alone while her husband travels for work suffers a psychological unraveling that causes her to see the ghost of famed children's book author Margaret Wise Brown.

What should be wild :
ISBN: 0062684132 OCLC: 1000318184

Cursed. Maisie Cothay has never known the feel of human flesh: born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, she has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest. Maisie's father - an anthropologist who sees her as more experiment than daughter - has warned her not to venture into the wood. Locals talk of men disappearing within, emerging with addled minds and strange stories. What he does not tell Maisie is that for millennia her female ancestors have also vanished into the wood, never to emerge - for she is descended from a long line of cursed women. But one day Maisie's father disappears, and she must venture beyond the walls of her carefully constructed life to find him. Away from her home and the wood for the very first time, Maisie encounters a strange world filled with wonder and deception. Yet the farther she strays, the more the wood calls her home. For only there can Maisie finally reckon with her power and come to understand the wildest parts of herself.