Barbara Monier has been writing since her earliest days when she composed in crayon on paper with extremely wide lines. She studied writing at Yale University and the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she worked independently with poet Robert Hayden. Also at Michigan, she received the Avery and Jule Hopwood Prize. It was the highest prize awarded that year and the first in Michigan's history for a piece written directly for the screen. The Reading (2022) is her fifth published novel. The Rocky Orchard (2020) was awarded the Silver Medal for Literary Fiction, Readers’ Favorite Awards. Pushing the River (2018) won the Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, Readers’ Favorite Awards.

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