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Courtney Maum

Biography

Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels COSTALEGRE (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU and TOUCH (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), and the handbook BEFORE AND AFTER THE BOOK DEAL. Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times and O, the Oprah Magazine, and her short story "This is Not Your Fault" was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. On the screenwriting front, she won the Audi Talent Award at The Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2015. Courtney is the founder of the collaborative retreat program The Cabins, and she also has a writing-advice newsletter, “Get Published, Stay Published.”

Courtney Maum

Books by Courtney Maum

by Courtney Maum - Fiction, Historical Fiction

It is 1937, and Europe is on the brink of war. Hitler is circulating a most-wanted list of artists, writers and thinkers whose work is deemed a threat to the new regime. To prevent the destruction of her favorite art (and artists), American heiress and modern art collector Leonora Calaway begins swiftly chartering boats and planes for an elite group of surrealists to Costalegre, a mysterious resort in the Mexican jungle, where she has a home. The story of what happens to these artists is told by Lara, Leonora’s neglected 15-year-old daughter, who has been pulled out of school to follow her mother to Mexico. Inspired by the beautiful and talented Charlotte, alongside an eccentric menagerie of other surrealists, Lara begins to discover herself as an artist.

by Courtney Maum - Fiction

Estranged from her family, best friends with her driverless car, partnered with a Frenchman who believes in post-sexual sex, international trend forecaster Sloane Jacobsen is the perfect candidate to lead tech giant Mammoth's conference for affluent consumers who prefer virtual relationships to the real things. But early in her contract, Sloane starts picking up on cues that physical intimacy is going to make a major comeback, leaving many --- Sloane included --- to question if the 40-year-old's intuitions are as dependable as they once were. And if Sloane goes rogue against her all-powerful employer, will she be able to let in the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself?

by Courtney Maum - Fiction

Artist Richard Haddon is in despair. He's supposedly "successful" in that his art is selling, but he despises the work he’s doing. Even worse, his mistress has dumped him, and his once-wonderful marriage has turned frosty and impersonal. Just when you might think his life cannot get any worse, it does, making his road to redemption rough indeed --- as well as a terrific read.