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The Half Brother is coming February, 2015.

Revision and Instinct

Podcast Now Available: Revision and Instinct, Holly’s seminar from the 2013 Boston Book Festival

Revision isn’t just proofreading—it’s literally “re-seeing,” as vitally creative as writing a first draft, and often more complex. It’s about trusting your gut, getting out of your own way, and sometimes, yes, killing your darlings. We’ll address revision scenarios from micro (word choice and syntax) to macro (when to throw out an entire scene, chapter, or even character), and talk about finding your own strengths and detecting the gaps in seemingly perfect prose.

Riveting and psychologically complex.”
–Amy Tan

Un-put-downable.”
–Elinor Lipman

Every sentence drips with delicious deeper meaning.”
–AARP Magazine

A remarkably confident first novel…Whether open or suppressed, passion rules events, but this is not a murder mystery; instead LeCraw reveals the complex moral and psychological mystery within all relationships.”
–Kirkus Reviews

This novel about Cape Cod’s social circles reveals the miseries hiding beneath its sanitized and highly chlorinated surface… the suburban afflictions that are drowning these characters make The Swimming Pool difficult to put down.”
–Entertainment Weekly

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A Kirkus Top Debut

A Daily Beast Best Book of Summer

A Good Morning America Top Pick

A Chapters/Indigo Heather’s Pick

This hazy-hot novel, set on sun-drenched Cape Cod, chills to the bone.”
–People Magazine

A fearless debut novel full of fresh insights and casually elegant writing…LeCraw was born and raised in Atlanta, where her father founded the late, great Oxford Books. After spending her childhood among the shelves of wonderful books, she has created one of her own.”
–Atlanta Magazine

This exceptionally complex and accomplished novel does not read like the work of a beginning writer. Insightful…an author to watch.”
–Library Journal, Starred Review

Strong writing keeps the reader sucked in to LeCraw’s painful family drama debut. It is a story of deep and searing love, between siblings and lovers, but most powerfully between parents and their children.”
– Publishers Weekly

This book, in many ways, defies simple classification — it is a psychological novel, a coming-of-age-novel, a novel about relationships, and marriages, and suffering. It is precisely the quiet kind of book I have come to admire — it is crafted, not just written; it is a wonderful read.”
–Mrsodellreads.com

LeCraw is an elegant writer….THE SWIMMING POOL is an insightful, compelling examination of love and betrayal. Powerful and page-turning.”
–Winnipeg Free Press