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Susan Conley
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Susan Conley is the author of The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir and was a Goodreads Choice Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She’s been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA writing program, and is the cofounder of The Telling Room, a creative-writing lab in Portland, Maine, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.

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The Foremost Good Fortune

Written by Susan Conley


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Foremost Good Fortune

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $15.00

When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons leave their house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, they are prepared to weather the inevitable onslaught of culture shock. But the challenges of living and mothering in an utterly foreign country become even more... Read more >
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The Foremost Good Fortune

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $25.95

When Susan Conley moves with her family to Beijing, she can’t imagine how much their lives will change. While Tony, her husband, is consumed with his job, Susan confronts a host of perplexing firsts: determining the proper way to shop at a Chinese megamarket, bribing her two young sons to ride... Read more >
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Paris Was the Place

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $16.95

When Willie Pears arrives in Paris, she’s looking for adventure and to reconnect with her brother, Luke. Even so, when she takes a job teaching at a center for immigrant girls who are all hoping for French asylum, she does not expect to feel so connected to the ups and downs... Read more >
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Paris Was the Place

Written by Susan Conley


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $26.95

“Sensual and seductive, Paris Was the Place pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. Find your nearest chair and start reading. With her poet's eye, Conley has woven a vivid, masterful tale of love and its costs.” —Lily King, author of Father of the Rain

When Willie Pears begins teaching at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Paris Was the Place

Written by Susan Conley


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $12.99

Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
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