Best-Selling Author Julianna Baggott's 'Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders' Receives Rave Reviews

Critically acclaimed author and the William H.P. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross Julianna Baggott’s latest novel “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders” has been called by the New York Times “intricate” and “tenderhearted.”

Released by Little, Brown and Company in August, the book has received rave reviews from the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Entertainment Weekly, was named an “Editors’ Choice” by the New York Times and AudioFile Magazine, where it also won an Earphones Award. No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “Orphan Train” Christina Baker Kline calls the book “inventive, playful, and deeply affecting.”

“Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders” tells the story of its title character, Harriet, a famed, reclusive author, daughter, Eleanor, and her granddaughters, Tilton and Ruth.  After releasing six bestselling award-winning novels, Harriet's highly anticipated seventh novel was never published despite urgent calls by her cultish readers. Nearing the end of her life, Harriet secretly writes one last book to tell “a different kind of truth, a truthful kind of lie,” knowing it might never be found. Baggott spent nearly two decades writing “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders” and calls the book “secretly literary,” its narrative alternating between the voices of four women across three generations.  The Baltimore Sun praises her style saying, “Baggott is one of those writers  who seems as much at home in popular culture as she does in the circles of the rarefied elite.”

Baggott is also the New York Times best-selling author of “Girl Talk” (Pocket Books, 2001).  A prolific writer, she also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode and has released more than 20 books in the past 12 years.  Her novel “Pure” (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) won the ALA Alex Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2012

Baggott teaches an intermediate level fiction workshop at Holy Cross and co-founded the nonprofit organization “Kids in Need - Books in Deed” with her husband, David Scott, in 2006.

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