K.L. Romo


K.L. Romo writes about life on the fringe: teetering dangerously on the edge is more interesting than standing safely in the middle. She is passionate about women’s issues and loves noisy clocks and fuzzy blankets, but HATES the word "normal." Her historical novel, Life Before, is about two women separated by a century who discover they’ve shared a soul.


59 entries by K.L. Romo

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The Hidden Child: A Novel

By Louise Fein

This cautionary tale about the horror and hypocrisy of eugenics is based on real-life events.

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Author Jenna Blum learns life lessons from her terminally ill (canine) companion.

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A Magdalene Laundry looms over three generations of mothers navigating life and loss.

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How Audrey Clare Farley turned a story about eugenics into a book.

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Why genre-spanning author Tracey S. Phillips embraced a pseudonym.

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Dynamic duo Ted Bunch and Anna Marie Johnson Teague dare boys to be different.

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The Jigsaw Man: A Novel

By Nadine Matheson

A London detective chases both a serial killer and racial equality in this riveting #OwnVoices thriller.

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The Shape of Family

By Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Will tragedy bind a husband, wife, and their kids together, or rip them apart?

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A Jewish woman falls in love with a German soldier amid the Nazi occupation of Jersey.

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Author Cara Sue Achterberg explores how one mistake can change lives forever.

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The Removed: A Novel

By Brandon Hobson

A Cherokee family struggles to survive trauma past and present.

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In her debut novel, Nancy Johnson explores racial injustice and social inequality.

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The Chanel Sisters: A Novel

By Judithe Little

A sweeping story of two women who overcome destitution to create an iconic French fashion brand.

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A gripping look at the manhunt that helped put criminal profiling on the map.

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How Yi Shun Lai advocates for marginalized voices.

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Death and the Maiden

By Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman

A fascinating tale of medieval women skilled in medical forensics.

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The Exiles: A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline

A gripping tale of women cast out from society and banished to an 1800s Tasmanian penal colony.

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A dogged heroine struggles to untangle herself from the mysterious Vine.

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One Night Gone

By Tara Laskowski

Hiding from the past can lead to a deadly future.

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The Day Lincoln Lost: A Novel

By Charles Rosenberg

What if the presidential election of 1860 had gone another way?

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The attorney talks murder mysteries, addressing racial identity, and memorializing life during covid-19.

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A celebration of books, bookstores, and the meaning of happiness.

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The Silence: A Novel

By Susan Allott

The historical guilt of a nation ravages the lives of two Australian families.

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Deconstructing the legend of a “noble” cold-blooded murderer.

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Writer/advocate Gisèle Lewis wants to hear from — and about — her readers.

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The Shape of Family: A Novel

By Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Will tragedy bind a husband, wife, and their kids together, or rip them apart?

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Karen Odden’s latest novel paints a portrait of Victorian England.

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Cheering for Tori Eldridge’s unlikely ninja hero.

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After a long estrangement, a woman comes face-to-face with her former best friend…who hasn’t aged a day.

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Author Tracey S. Phillips reveals the story behind her debut novel.

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How Jon Land made me a “cozy” convert.

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Country: A Novel

By Michael Hughes

Reimagining Homer’s Iliad as a tale of the Troubles.

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One Night Gone: A Novel

By Tara Laskowski

Hiding from the past can lead to a deadly future.

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The glow and smolder of women’s rage

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The Insatiables

By Brittany Terwilliger

In the cutthroat race for success, sometimes more is less.

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Women Talking: A Novel

By Miriam Toews

Mennonite mothers and daughters speak up after years of secret abuse.

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The Night Visitors: A Novel

By Carol Goodman

Secrets, lies, and social issues deftly mix in this killer thriller.

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The Rending and the Nest

By Kaethe Schwehn

This post-apocalyptic page-turner expertly weaves the threads of humankind’s new story.

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The Milk Lady of Bangalore

By Shoba Narayan

A witty recollection of one woman’s unusual journey into the world of cows.

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A Dangerous Duet: A Novel

By Karen Odden

Music, misogyny, and murder mingle in 19th-century London.

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Madonna in a Fur Coat: A Novel

By Sabahattin Ali; translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe

This emotional Turkish classic reminds us to always treasure those we hold dear.

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A quiet, twisty tale of madness and possible murder.

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The Insatiables: A Novel

By Brittany Terwilliger

In the cutthroat race for success, sometimes more is less.

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This Mournable Body: A Novel

By Tsitsi Dangarembga

A tale of grief and survival set in war-wounded Zimbabwe.

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Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

By Michael Chabon

A famous novelist ponders what it means to be a dad.

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In this moving story spanning 30+ years, readers are taken on an intimate and anguished journey through the Rwandan genocide.

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The Queen of Hearts: A Novel

By Kimmery Martin

When two friends move from medical school to new lives as physicians, they discover their past has followed them.

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This post-apocalyptic page-turner expertly weaves the threads of humankind’s new story.

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A witty recollection of one woman’s unusual journey into the world of cows.

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Madonna in a Fur Coat

By Sabahattin Ali; translated by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe

This emotional Turkish classic reminds us to always treasure those we hold dear.

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The One That Got Away: A Novel

By Melissa Pimentel

This retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion will keep you turning pages.