Authors You Should Try: Louise Shaffer

Former actress-turned-novelist, Louise Shaffer writes lovely family stories, often centered around creative spirits – writers, theatre people, and the like.  She’d be a great choice for a group that enjoys light fiction, women’s stories, or artistic stories.

In her most recent novel, Looking for a Love Story, Shaffer mixes the contemporary story of Francesca, a novelist with writer’s block and a failing marriage, with the story of a Depression-era husband-and-wife vaudeville team. Aging Chicky hires Francesca to ghostwrite a memoir of her parents, and two women collaborate on a delightful love story as Francesca works out her own love life and clouded family history.

Shaffer’s other novels include Serendipity, the story of a woman who is struggling to deal with the death of her mother, a famous Broadway actress; Family Acts, where complete strangers Katie and Randa find themselves joint inheritors of a famous but crumbling theater, the Venerable Opera house, in small-town Georgia; and The Three Miss Margarets, where three Margarets—better known as Li’l Bit, Maggie, and Peggy—share a tight friendship and dark secrets.

Shaffer is also one of those authors who loves to interact with groups.  You can find out more information at her web site.



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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