Fran Hawthorne



Fran Hawthorne


Brooklyn, NY, USA


Fiction, Jewish Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Contemporary Fiction, Audiobook

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I’ve been writing novels since I was four years old, although I was sidetracked for several decades by journalism. During my award-winning career, I wrote eight nonfiction books, mainly about consumer activism, the drug industry, and the financial world. For instance, Ethical Chic (Beacon Press) was named one of the best business books of 2012 by Library Journal, and Pension Dumping (Bloomberg Press) was a Foreword magazine 2008 Book of the Year. I’ve also been an editor or regular contributor for The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Newsday, and many other publications. But I never abandoned my true love: My debut novel, The Heirs (a story of second-generation Holocaust guilt, involving two families in New Jersey), was published in 2018 by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. and now my new novel, I MEANT TO TELL YOU (a story of secrets, the limits of friendship, a kidnapping, and political activism) has been short-listed for the Story Circle Sarton Award for contemporary fiction and won several other awards (see below). I’m at work on two new novels, and I also write book reviews for the New York Journal of Books — so in other words, I think I’m finally back to my childhood career in fiction.


I MEANT TO TELL YOU —  Eric Hoffer Book Awards, general fiction (finalist)

I MEANT TO TELL YOU —  Sarton Award, contemporary fiction (finalist)

I MEANT TO TELL YOU — National Indie Excellence Awards,   contemporary novel and women’s fiction (finalist in both)

I MEANT TO TELL YOU — International Book Awards, literary fiction and general fiction (finalist in both)

I MEANT TO TELL YOU — Feathered Quill Book Awards, second place in women’s fiction and third place in adult fiction, 2023

I MEANT TO TELL YOU — Chanticleer International Book Awards/Somerset Award for literary and contemporary fiction (finalist)

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I Meant to Tell You

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The Heirs

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