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Suzanne Fisher Staples

Suzanne Fisher Staples Copyright Virginia Morgan

Suzanne Fisher Staples
It’s been many years since I left my newspaper job for the somewhat less predictable world of writing books. Still, most mornings I wake up and thank my lucky stars that I no longer have to pull on pantyhose, only to fight traffic on the way to the bureau; that I can walk the dog in the orange grove after lunch and finish the newspaper; that I spend my days making up stories and talking with children, not dealing with irascible news editors, slippery politicians, and oily flacks. I grew up loving books. My grandmother read to us every day and bribed us with stories to help in her rock garden. There, among the bleeding hearts and irises and peonies, I decided I wanted to be a writer. I’ve always written: journals, letters, school papers, essays, and, when I grew up, news reports.
But I could never imagine writing a novel. Whatever could I write about that would sustain anyone’s interest for two hundred or more pages?
The answer never occurred to me until I went to Pakistan. There was something about the camels, the ancient stories and blue-tiled mosques, and people who build shrines where a beautiful poem was written, that set my heart to singing. And there was something about our ignorance here in the West about Islamic people that made me know a story about this place needed to be told. And so my writing career began with Shabanu and Haveli.
After I left Pakistan, I wondered whether I would ever find anything that

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Under the Persimmon Tree

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Intertwined portraits of courage and hope in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Dangerous Skies

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"Buck and Tunes, both 12 years old, have been like brother and sister even though Buck is white and Tunes is black-but on the day the two discover a corpse floating in a channel, the differences between their lives become overwhelmingly apparent. . .Masterfully crafted." --Starred, Publishers Weekly

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