Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman has a wealth of literary experience in both fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of A Master Plan for Rescue, a magical novel about the surprising acts of heroism that can be inspired by love. She is also the author of Mary, a historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was chosen by USA Today as the best historical fiction of 2006 and was a finalist for the LA Times First Fiction award. She is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Both books are available in paperback.

In addition to her books Newman is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference.

Janis Cooke Newman’s second novel, A Master Plan for Rescue was released from Riverhead in July 2015. The SF Chronicle said it “balances beautifully on the thin line between wishful thinking and reason, between the imagination and the intellect,” and called it “magical” and “dazzling.”

The SF Chronicle named A Master Plan for Rescue to their Best Books of 2015 List.

“A MASTER PLAN FOR RESCUE is a fantastic novel that’s impossible to put down. Janis Cooke Newman’s writing is epic and cinematic, compassionate and moving — she’s a wonderful writer who completely cracks open our preconceived notions of love. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.”
—Molly Antopol, author of “The UnAmericans”

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