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Suzanne Berne - Author

About the Author

Suzanne Berne was born in Washington, D.C., and now lives with her family outside Boston. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her fiction and essays have also appeared in a number of magazines. Her first novel, A Crime in the Neighbourhood won the 1999 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel is The Ghost at the Table.

Featured books by Suzanne Berne

The Dogs of Littlefield

The Dogs of Littlefield

Author: Suzanne Berne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

This is longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014. Littlefield, Massachusetts: home to psychologists, college professors and their over-achieving children, and recently lauded as one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America. If happiness had a home it would be here. Then the first dog is poisoned. At first, there is shock and disbelief: who would commit such a cruel act - and why? As more dogs die, residents notice other signs that something's not right in their home: the appearance of menacing grafitti, the persistent triggering of fire alarms at the middle school and the haunted looks neighbours begin exchanging. For the Downings, Margaret, Bill and daughter Julia, Littlefield's gathering darkness hints at flaws in their own lives. What is wrong? What can save them? Well-observed shrewd satire ...sharp, funny and painful. Berne takes the domestic and turns it into the majestic . (Sunday Telegraph).

Other books by Suzanne Berne

Dogs of Littlefield

Dogs of Littlefield

Author: Suzanne Berne Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

From the Orange Prizewinning author of A Crime in the Neighborhood, Suzanne Bernes The Dogs of Littlefield is sublime (The Chicago Tribune), a suspenseful and hilarious suburban comedy of manners par excellence (Kirkus Reviews) that explores the unease behind the manicured lawns of suburban America.Littlefield, Massachusetts, named one of the Twenty Best Places to Live in America, is full of psychologists and college professors, proud of its fine schools, its girls soccer teams, its leafy streets, and quaint village center.Yet when sociologist Dr. Clarice Watkins arrived in Littlefield to study the elements of good quality of life someone begins poisoning the towns dogs. Are the poisonings in protest to an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Parkthe subject of much town debateor the sign of a far deeper disorder?Nothing sucks a reader in like psychological menace, and Suzanne Berne is a master of the craft. Her scenes are elegantly composed, and even throwaway characters jump off the page (The New York Times). A wry exploration of the discontent concealed behind the manicured lawns and picket fences of darkest suburbia, The Dogs of Littlefield explodes with comic exuberance and restrained beauty (The Boston Globe).

The Dogs of Littlefield

The Dogs of Littlefield

Author: Suzanne Berne Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2014

This is longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014. Littlefield, Massachusetts: home to psychologists, college professors and their over-achieving children, and recently lauded as one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America. If happiness had a home it would be here. Then the first dog is poisoned. At first, there is shock and disbelief: who would commit such a cruel act - and why? As more dogs die, residents notice other signs that something's not right in their home: the appearance of menacing grafitti, the persistent triggering of fire alarms at the middle school and the haunted looks neighbours begin exchanging. For the Downings, Margaret, Bill and daughter Julia, Littlefield's gathering darkness hints at flaws in their own lives. What is wrong? What can save them? Well-observed shrewd satire ...sharp, funny and painful. Berne takes the domestic and turns it into the majestic . (Sunday Telegraph).

The Ghost at the Table

The Ghost at the Table

Author: Suzanne Berne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2007

'Families are toxic...' Thanksgiving, New England, and writer Cynthia has been persuaded by elder sister Frances to come and visit for the autumn holiday. Cynthia is reluctant to join in this family reunion because she'd rather not see their long-estranged father. Yet Frances is adamant that they must all meet to clear the air - poisoned ever since their mother died when they were children. But Cynthia has her own ideas about how to use this family occasion. It's time to lift the lid on some unwelcome home truths about what happened all those years ago. And this time her daddy's feelings are not to be spared ...

A Crime in the Neighborhood

A Crime in the Neighborhood

Author: Suzanne Berne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/1999

In the long hot summer of 1972, three events shattered the serenity of ten year old Marsha's life: her father ran away with her mother's sister Ada; Boyd Ellison, a young boy, was molested and murdered; and Watergate made the headlines. Living in a world no longer safe or familiar, Marsha turns increasingly to 'the book of evidence' in which she records the doings of the neighbors, especially of shy Mr Green next door. But as Marsha's confusion and her murder hunt accelerate, her 'facts' spread the damage cruelly and catastrophically throughout the neighborhood.

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