Almost Paradise
by Corabel Shofner

A middle grade novel
July 25, 2017
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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About Corabel

Corabel Shofner is wife, mother, attorney, and author. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in English literature, and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Her first novel ALMOST PARADISE was published on 7/25/17 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and her shorter work has appeared or is forthcoming in Willow Review, Word Riot, Habersham Review, Hawai’i Review, Sou’wester, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, and Xavier Review.

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Elizabeth Copps at Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.
Rockefeller Center,1270 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 2320
New York, NY 10020

Phone: (212) 245.6365, Fax: (212) 245.719, mca(at)mariacarvainisagency(dot)com


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