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The Writing Circle

Corinne Demas


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July 2010 Indie Next List

“Complicated with former and current relationships among the members, secrets kept, and ideas stolen, this compelling tale is about a writing group made up of all levels of literati -- historians, popular fiction writers, biographers, poets -- all at various places in their careers. All of the characters are well drawn, and the story moves along at a brisk pace. Thoroughly entertaining!”
— Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
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They call themselves the Leopardi Circle -- six members of a writing group who share much more than their works in progress.

When Nancy, whose most recently published work is a medical newsletter, is asked to join a writing group made up of established writers, she accepts, warily. She's not at all certain that her novel is good enough for the company she'll be keeping. Her novel is a subject very close to her heart, and she isn't sure she wants to share it with others, let alone the world. But Nancy soon finds herself as caught up in the group's personal lives as she is with their writing. She learns that nothing -- love, family, loyalty -- is sacred or certain.

In the circle there's Gillian, a beautiful, scheming, world-famous poet; Bernard, a pompous but lovable biographer; Virginia, a respected historian and the peacemaker of the group, who also happens to be Bernard's ex-wife; Chris, a divorced father and successful thriller writer; and Adam, the youngest of the group, an aspiring novelist who is infatuated with Gillian. And then there's Nancy, an unassuming fiction writer embarking on a new chapter in her own life. They meet to read their work aloud and offer feedback. Over the course of a year, marriages are tested, affairs begin, and trust is broken.

Through their complicated relationships, these eccentric characters share their families, their beds, and their histories, and soon find that buried secrets have a way of coming to light. Hearts break and emotions are pushed to the limit in this richly engaging tale of love, betrayal, and literature.

Praise For The Writing Circle

"You find you simply can't put it down. This is a wonderful book, tense, engaging, and highly recommended."
Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

"The exurbanite culture and cultured chums Demas evokes have a charmed staying power."—Chicago Tribune

"Fascinating . . . gives readers a seat in the writing world."—Sacramento Book Review

"An amazingly clever novel with depth, drama, and warmth."—Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife

Hachette Books, 9781401341695, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2011

About the Author

Corinne Demas always wanted a dog when she was a child, but the New York City apartment building where she grew up didn't allow them. Since then, she's had three dogs: Melly, Suba, and Argos. She is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including the picture book Always In Trouble. Demas lives with her family in Massachusetts and is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. Her website is