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Name:  Lisa Reardon  

Pen Name: Lisa Wing

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Born: 1962 in Southeastern Michigan

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The author lived in Chicago for three years where she taught writing classes online.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Reardon was born Lisa Ann Hicks on January 22, 1962. She grew up in southeastern Michigan and graduated in 1980 from Milan High School in Milan, Michigan. She earned her Bachelors Degree in English and Theater from the University of Michigan in 1989. From there, she went to the Yale School of Drama and spent three years in New Haven, Connecticut earning a Masters Degree in Playwriting. She wrote under the name of Lisa Wing from 1986 until 1991. In 1992 Lisa moved to New York City, changed her legal name to Reardon and wrote plays for several years. She published the novel “Billy Dead” in 1997 and “Blameless,” in 2000. After thatn, Reardon taught novel writing and short fiction at New York’s Gotham Writers’ Workshop. During this time, she worked for three years with the Adolescent Psychiatric Division of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where she ran a creative writing workshop for teens aged twelve to seventeen. For three years Lisa lived in Chicago where she continued to teach online classes for Gotham Writers' Workshop and ran creative writing workshops at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Lisa now lives in the wilds of Michigan and when not working on her next novel, she works at Boysville (a medium-security treatment facility for adjudicated youth) where she has instituted a writing group there for the youth.


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Titles At Your Library

The Mercy Killers: A Novel
ISBN: 1582433372

Counterpoint. 2005

When Jerry Simpkins finally gets his wish to die, his grandson Charlie takes the blame and heads to Vietnam to divert suspicion from his brother P.T., only to find himself embroiled in another murder when he returns.

Blameless: A Novel
ISBN: 0375504052

Random House. 2000

"The night turned blacker and colder. I switched off the car radio. I had a home to go to. I had locks on my doors. But just outside were dark hungry shapes that had once had names like Hero or Jack. Muzzles that used to nudge someone's hand for a pat now sniffed the air for prey. People walked away from the things they were responsible for, like those things weren't going to come back in the middle of the night and tear your throat open. I rolled up the window against the chill. Lit another cigarette with my head pounding like a kettledrum. The Merc rolled toward home."

Mary Culpepper is a strong woman, fearless and independent to a fault. But when she discovers the body of a child in her small northern Michigan town, she suffers a breakdown that has family and friends treating her like "sulfuric acid about to spatter." In the following months Mary does all she can to keep her mind off the upcoming trial, in which she will have to tell what she did--and did not--witness. It's a time when she most needs her best friend, Amy, whose history of lies and betrayal Mary is not willing to face. As the trial looms closer, and Mary's past catches up to her, not even the heated passion of an illicit affair can fend off the presence of the Night Visitor, a monster of stone and silence who destroys her sleep.

One young girl has already been sacrificed to the Culpepper legacy of willful blindness. Now another girl lies in the path of danger, another girl about to suffer the consequences of someone choosing to shut her eyes and remain blameless. But when Mary attempts to break the chain of betrayal, the resulting explosion could destroy all that she has sought to protect.

Following Billy Dead, which Alice Munro called a "brave, heart-wrenching debut," Blameless combines the emotional resonance of Sue Miller's The Good Mother with the gripping suspense of Chris Bohjalian's Midwives. A story of tender humor, violent passion, and a fierce exploration of moral accountability, it will pull you in, unable to look away until its last unforgettable page.

Schuldlos.
ISBN: 3216305198

Deuticke, Verlagsgesellschaft mbH Franz. 2002

Billy.
ISBN: 3499231646

Rowohlt Tb.. 2002


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