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Nancy Horan

"Books connected me to a bigger world than the small town I knew as a child. To discover how a girl living a century earlier spent her day, to feel the joy or sorrow of a character utterly different in circumstances and yet like me--these are the ways that books enlarged my imagination and expanded my view of the world."


A native Midwesterner, Nancy Horan worked as a Chicago area journalist before the publication in 2007 of her first novel, Loving Frank, which chronicles a little-known chapter in the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Loving Frank won the 2009 James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction, presented biennially by the Society of American Historians. It has been translated into 16 languages and remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for over a year. Under the Wide and Starry Sky (2014) explores the unlikely relationship of Robert Louis Stevenson and his spirited American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. The House Of Lincoln (2023), chronicling the intersecting lives of three families in Springfield, Illinois beginning in the 1850s, is the result of the author’s journey to portray a history beneath the more familiar history of Abraham Lincoln.

A native Midwesterner, Nancy Horan was a teacher and journalist before turning to fiction writing. She lived for 25 years in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where she raised her two sons. She now lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.


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