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Amy Watkin


"Writing with sensitivity, awareness, and skill, Watkin offers an uncommon feminist perspective on 19th century social restrictions and oppressive marriage laws."  A Publisher's Weekly Reviewer for The BookLife Prize 2018



Amy Watkin is an associate professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include women writers as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Amy has published academic books on Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Harper Lee, Jane Austen, and Mary Shelley; We Were Once is her first work of historical fiction.

Amy is the author of the monthly column, "Women Who Should Be Pretty Pissed Off," on the McSweeney's Internet Tendency website. She also writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review. Amy lives in North Dakota with her husband and son.


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"Watkin’s novel is a heart-wrenching celebration of female courage in an otherwise discouraging time." A Publisher's Weekly Reviewer for The BookLife Prize 2018 

Stories about Amy Watkin's process of researching and writing We Were Once have been featured in The Fargo-Moorhead Forum, and The Star Tribune. She was interviewed about her writing for Prairie Pulse, a North Dakota television interview program. She has also recently done interviews for The Star Tribune and KFGO radio about Harper Lee.

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Amy Watkin's monthly column on McSweeney's Internet Tendency website.


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