Laura McNeal

Finalist, 2010 National Book Awards

Laura McNeal holds an MA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and is the author of Dark Water, a 2010 Finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, and You Can’t Leave Me Now: Three Stories of True Crime.
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Dark Water

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ISBN 9780375849732 Alfred A. Knopf

Fifteen-year-old Pearl DeWitt lives in Fallbrook, California, where it’s sunny 340 days of the year, and where her uncle owns a grove of 900 avocado trees. Uncle Hoyt hires migrant workers regularly, but Pearl doesn’t pay much attention to them…until Amiel More about this book >

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Laura McNeal

Laura McNeal holds an MA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and is the author of Dark Water, a 2010 Finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, and You Can’t Leave Me Now: Three Stories of True Crime.  She and her husband Tom McNeal are the authors of Crooked, Zipped, Crushed, and The Decoding of Lana Morris.  Her forthcoming novel, The Incident on the Bridge, was published by Knopf in 2016.

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