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Katherine Center Author of multiple books including Happiness for Beginners

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  • 2019 Things You Save In A Fire
  • 2018 How to Walk Away
  • 2015 Happiness for Beginners: A Novel
  • 2013 The Lost Husband: A Novel
  • 2010 Get Lucky: A Novel
  • 2009 Everyone Is Beautiful: A Novel
  • 2008 The Bright Side of Disaster: A Novel

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Katherine Center is the author of five bittersweet comic novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster and The Lost Husband. Her work has appeared in Redbook, InStyle, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Houstonia, the Dallas Morning News, The Houston Press, and the Houston Chronicle, as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond, My Parents Were Awesome, and CRUSH: 26 Real Life Tales of First Love.

Katherine recently signed a three-book deal with St. Martin’s Press. Her newest novel, Happiness for Beginners, was a Book Club Pick for InStyle, a Target Emerging Authors pick, a Top Seller on the Macmillan site, a Women’s Fiction Best Bet for Heroes and Heartbreakers, and a Reading Roundup pick at SheReads. Her next book is slated to go on sale in the spring of 2017.

People Magazine calls The Lost Husband, “A sweet tale about creating the family you need.” Library Journal calls Get Lucky a “thoroughly enjoyable girlish romp,” and Kirkus Reviews likens Everyone Is Beautiful to the 1950s motherhood classic Please Don’t Eat the Daisies: “Center’s breezy style invites the reader to commiserate, laughing all the way.”

The Dallas Morning News says, “Reading a book by Katherine Center is like having a long lunch conversation with an old friend you haven’t seen for a while — familiar, cozy and satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.”

BookPage named Katherine a new writer to watch, the Houston Press named her a Top Ten writer in the city, and Instant Pictures recently optioned The Lost Husband for a movie.

Katherine’s novels have been published in translation in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Hungary, as well as in the UK. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Girls, Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award, the Writers In The Schools Founders’ Award, the St. John’s School Maverick Award, and the Vassar College Fiction Prize.

Katherine loves to speak about writing, and reading, and how the stories we tell impact our lives. She lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her awesome husband, two sweet children, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.


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