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Liese O'Halloran Schwarz - Author

About the Author

Liese O'Halloran Schwarz is an ER doctor who wrote her first novel, Near Canaan, while she was still at medical school. Now, nearly thirty years on, her second novel, The Possible World, traces the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal murder, the doctor who tends to him, and an elderly woman guarding long-buried secrets.

She attended Harvard University and then medical school at University of Virginia. While in medical school, she won the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Prize and also published her first novel, Near Canaan.

She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is at work on the next book.

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The Possible World

The Possible World

Author: Liese O'Halloran Schwarz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

______________________ 'Every now and then I come across a book I wish I'd written. The Possible World is one ... A gorgeously wrought exploration of who gets to tell the story of our lives, and who gets to inhabit that story with us' JODI PICOULT Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world. Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further? Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she's been keeping don't matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story. As they each struggle to confront the events - past and present - that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together... Ben can't remember what happened to his mother. As the sole survivor of the crime that claimed her life, along with countless others, he's now left orphaned and alone. But can Lucy help him to unlock his past? As she tends to Ben, a profound connection grows between doctor and patient. But will recovering his memory do more harm than good? Now almost a century old, Clare sits on a lifetime of secrets... until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story. Three strangers . . . Generations apart . . . What links them together is stronger than fate. ______________________ 'A beautiful story of loss and memory' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'Full of big questions' THE OBSERVER

Near Canaan

Near Canaan

Author: Liese O'Halloran Schwarz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

`Intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful' WASHINGTON POST Filmmaking student Buddy Whyte never visited his mother's hometown while she was alive. But in the wake of her tragic death, he can no longer resist the lure of Naples, Virginia. He packs up his car and drives south from New York City with his camera. He means to make a short film about the town - and perhaps learn why Beth Whyte left it, and why she never went back. Many people in the close-knit community are devastated to learn of the death of Buddy's mother -not least two brothers, Jack and Gil, who knew her best. Although they live and work side by side, a dark secret divides them, and they have not spoken to one another in years. Through his camera lens, Buddy captures an unexpected story, including glimpses of his mother that challenge everything he thought he knew. But in a small town where even disparate voices agree that the past is best kept hidden from outsiders, will he actually learn the truth? Near Canaan is an intricate and multi-layered novel of secrets and memory which explores the far-reaching, inescapable effects of the past.

The Possible World

The Possible World

Author: Liese O'Halloran Schwarz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2018

______________________ 'Every now and then I come across a book I wish I'd written. The Possible World is one ... A gorgeously wrought exploration of who gets to tell the story of our lives, and who gets to inhabit that story with us' JODI PICOULT Ben is the sole survivor of a crime that claims his mother and countless others. He is just six years old, and already he must find a new place for himself in the world. Lucy, the doctor who tends to Ben, is grappling with a personal upheaval of her own. She feels a profound connection to the little boy who has lived through the unthinkable. Will recovering his memory heal him, or damage him further? Clare has long believed that the lifetime of secrets she's been keeping don't matter to anyone anymore, until an unexpected encounter prompts her to tell her story. As they each struggle to confront the events - past and present - that have defined their lives, something stronger than fate is working to bring them together...