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Jane Hamilton (born July 13, 1957) is an American novelist.

Hamilton lives in Rochester, Wisconsin. She grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Carleton College in 1979 as an English major. Her first published works were short stories, "My Own Earth" and "Aunt Marj's Happy Ending", both published in Harper's Magazine in 1983. "Aunt Marj's Happy Ending" later appeared in The Best American Short Stories 1984.

Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, was published in 1988 and won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and the Wisconsin Library Association Banta Book Award in 1989.[1] The Book of Ruth was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 1996, and it was the basis for a 2004 television film of the same title.

In 1994, she published A Map of the World, which was adapted for a film in 1999 and, the same year, was also an Oprah's Book Club selection. Her third novel, The Short History of a Prince, published in 1998, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998.[2] This book was also shortlisted for the 1999 Orange Prize.[3] In 2000, Hamilton was named a Notable Wisconsin Author by the Wisconsin Library Association.[4]

All of her books are set, at least in part, in Wisconsin. "A Map of the World" is set in Racine County, Wis. Of her writing, novelist Laura Moriarty says: "I like Jane Hamilton for her compassionate portrayals of characters most people would ridicule, and the way her books show the beauty of rural life without romanticizing it."

In an interview with The Journal Times in Racine, Wis. in November 2006, Hamilton talked about her early inspiration for writing novels. As a student at Carleton College, she overheard a professor say she would write a novel one day. Hamilton had written only two short stories for the professor's class. Overhearing the conversation gave her confidence. "It had a lot more potency, the fact that I overheard it, rather than his telling me directly," she said.

Hamilton is an alum of the Ragdale Foundation.

Works   more

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Total Books: 80
The Excellent Lombards
2017 - The Excellent Lombards (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781455564200
ISBN-10: 1455564206
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Auditing A Practical Approach
2011 - Auditing a Practical Approach (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781742165943
ISBN-10: 174216594X
Genre: Business & Money

Cluck From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks
2011 - Cluck From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780981516134
ISBN-10: 0981516130
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Laura Rider's Masterpiece
2010 - Laura Rider's Masterpiece (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780446538947
ISBN-10: 0446538949
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.

Laura Rider's Masterpiece
2009 - Laura Rider's Masterpiece (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780446538954
ISBN-10: 0446538957
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.4/5 Stars.

Laura Rider's Masterpiece
2009 - Laura Rider's Masterpiece [Audio CD - Unabridged] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9780061748820
ISBN-10: 006174882X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Disobedience A Novel
2008 - Disobedience a Novel (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781435295421
ISBN-10: 1435295420

When Madeline Was Young A Novel
2006 - When Madeline Was Young a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780739326954
ISBN-10: 0739326953
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.

When Madeline Was Young
2006 - When Madeline Was Young (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780385516716
ISBN-10: 0385516711
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

The Family Markowitz
2005 - The Family Markowitz (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374529390
ISBN-10: 0374529396
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Der Liebhaber meiner Mutter
2005 - Der Liebhaber Meiner Mutter (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783746621388
ISBN-10: 3746621380

2002 - Disobedience (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780552998901
ISBN-10: 0552998907
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2001 - Disobedience (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780385720465
ISBN-10: 0385720467
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

Die kurze Geschichte eines Prinzen
2001 - Die Kurze Geschichte Eines Prinzen (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783499229039
ISBN-10: 349922903X

2000 - Disobedience [Audio Cassette - Abridged] (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9780553502664
ISBN-10: 0553502662
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

2000 - Disobedience (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780553712346
ISBN-10: 0553712349
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Books on CD
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

2000 - Disobedience (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780385501170
ISBN-10: 038550117X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

A Map of the World
1999 - A Map of the World (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780553527377
ISBN-10: 0553527371
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

A Map of the World
1999 - A Map of the World (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780385500760
ISBN-10: 0385500769
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

The Book of Ruth
1999 - The Book of Ruth (Other)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780613025270
ISBN-10: 061302527X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

The Short History of a Prince
1999 - The Short History of a Prince (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780613175098
ISBN-10: 0613175093
Genres: Literature & Fiction, LGBTQ+ Books

1998 - The Short History of a Prince [Audio Cassette - Abridged] (Audio Cassette)
1997 - The Book of Ruth [Audio Cassette - Abridged] (Audio Cassette)
1993 - May the Best Man Win [Road to Avonlea, No 17] (Paperback)
Jeremy Annear [Studio Publications] (Paperback)
Paintings at the Studio [Studio Publications] (Paperback)