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Katherine Reay


Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels and one nonfiction book, AWFUL BEAUTIFUL LIFE, co-authored with Rebecca Powell.

Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She then worked in marketing and development before returning to graduate school for a Masters of Theological Studies. Moves to Texas, England, Ireland and Washington left that degree unfinished as Katherine spent her time unpacking, raising kids, volunteering, writing, and exploring new storylines and new cities. Katherine writes full-time now, and as her kids go off to college, she finds the house increasingly quiet. Soon only she and her husband, with dogs Patch, Trip and Dash, will live at home outside Chicago.

Katherine writes love letters to books and her novels are saturated with what she calls the “world of books.” They are character-driven stories that examine the past as a way to find one’s best way forward. In the words of THE BRONTË PLOT's Lucy Alling, Katherine writes of “that time when you don’t know where you’ll be, but you can’t stay as you are.”

When not plotting a character’s demise and long journey home, Katherine can be found walking (no longer running) the neighborhood, hanging out with her kids and friends, or --- rarely and with great excitement --- fly fishing in Montana. You can also find her all across social media chatting about life, literature and the world of books.

Katherine Reay

Books by Katherine Reay

by Katherine Reay - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Caroline Payne receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian. Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades. In World War II, Caroline’s British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover. Determined to find answers and save her family’s reputation, Caroline flies to her family’s ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the “Waite sisters.” They came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs and romance. Each letter brings more questions. Was Caroline’s great-aunt actually a traitor and Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past?

by Katherine Reay - Fiction

When her sister's cancer diagnosis derails Elizabeth's picture-perfect life, she must re-imagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned...and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?