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Anne Korkeakivi is the author of the novels Shining Sea and An Unexpected Guest, both from Little, Brown. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published by the AtlanticTIME, the New York Timesthe Wall Street Journalthe Times (UK), Travel & LeisureMs., Architectural Digestthe Village Voicethe Yale Reviewthe Bellevue Literary ReviewThe MillionsLiterary Hub, and many other periodicals in the US, the UK, and online. Her op-ed for USA Today on being a writer, being an expat, and universal healthcare was shared tens of thousands of times, and an essay about traveling in Tanzania with her family was chosen for Best Women’s Travel Writing, Vol. 10. She is a recipient of the Lois Kahn Wallace Writers Award and residency fellowships from Yaddo and Hawthornden.

Anne holds a BA in Classics from Bowdoin College and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. A multi-generational New Yorker, she was born and raised in Manhattan, with many days and nights in western Massachusetts, and subsequently has lived also in Helsinki, Finland; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Maine; Brooklyn; Paris; and Strasbourg in eastern France, from where she worked for the French publisher Flammarion and traveled frequently to Paris. She currently splits her time between New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, where her husband is a human-rights lawyer with the UN. They have two daughters.

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An arresting and absorbing novel that spans decades, drawing us into the turbulent lives of a family in Southern California after the sudden death of the father.

Beginning in 1962 with a shocking loss, Shining Sea quickly pulls us into the lives of forty-three -year-old Michael Gannon’s widow and offspring. Brilliantly described and utterly alive on the page, the Gannon clan find themselves charting paths they never anticipated, for decades to come. Told with a cinematic sweep, Shining Sea transports us from World War II to the present day, crisscrossing from the beaches of Southern California to the Woodstock rock festival, from London’s gritty nightlife in the eighties to Scotland’s remote Inner Hebrides, from the dry heat of Arizona to the fertile farmland of Massachusetts.

Epic, tender, and beautifully rendered, Shining Sea is the portrait of an American family-a profound depiction of the ripple effects of war, the passing down of memory, the making of myth, and the power of the ideal of heroism to lead us astray but sometimes also to keep us afloat.

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