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Diane Vanaskie Mulligan began writing her first novel, Watch Me Disappear, during an after-school writing club she moderates for high school students. She published it in August 2012. In 2013, it was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category. Her second novel, The Latecomers Fan Club, was released in November 2013. It was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner.
Diane holds a BA in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she’s the managing editor at The Worcester Review and the director of The Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writers’ Conference You can also find her occasionally strumming her guitar and singing at various bars in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband.
on Nov. 06, 2013 :
The moment I got the book and started reading I simply couldn't put it out. I was literally on the edge of my seat just waiting for the next page all the time. I loved how the characters and their truly unique complexity, frustrations, and sympathies. The characters truly evolve throughout the book and I really felt like I was a part of their journey. That approach was a much more realistic one to me comparing to the predictable characters in other books. This book will surely be the topic of many different discussion about the modern women. I Highly Recommend it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2013 :
I really loved this novel. The characters are beautifully described and you truly feel for all of their tensions, disappointments and dreams. The structure of the book helps with that, as alternating chapters focus on the different points of views and experiences of each main character. The plot presents real-life, adult problems to navigate...divorce and breakups, babies, careers, drinking too much...and it shows how every decision reverberates out and affects other lives, including minor characters like one of Nathaniel's students, and his mother. All of these lent a really credible tone to the story, and caused me as a reader to get very invested, because I could see myself in many of the roles in the many relationships. Ultimately this is a story about second chances, about unfinished business and dreams, and about what it means to start over--or circle back. Really well written with great dialogue and sense of place throughout. I highly recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)