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An Open Door

A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish’s an open door lets readers step back into an America trapped between World War II and the impending sexual revolution, a world whose turbulent desires lurk just below a veneer of specious innocence.  Edith Sloan, married to a man who fails to appreciate either her poetic instincts or romantic longings, throws herself into management of a bookshop—but finds herself drawn toward infidelity and independence.   With Parrish’s trademark gift for emotional nuance and the subtleties of social engagement, she once again stuns with a novel that is moving, inspiring and deeply authentic to both the sensibilities of its age and the mystery of the human experience. —Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day

Nominated for the 2022 Washington State Book Awards by Unsolicited Press

The Moon Won’t Be Dared

Poems by Anne Leigh Parrish

An extended meditation that weaves through time and humanity, injustices and struggles, but with an eye towards love and beauty.—Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press)

 

 

Finalist in Story Circle’s 2021 Sarton Award in Contemporary Fiction

A Winter Night

A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

An outstanding, unsentimental portrait family, love, and unavoidable hardships. —Kirkus Reviews

 

Bronze Medal Winner in the Short Fiction Category, 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards

What Nell Dreams

A novella & stories by Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish’s collection, What Nell Dreams, lets readers peer into lives at that precious moment of transition and discovery.—Pam McGaffin, author of The Leaving Year

2020 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List

Maggie’s Ruse

A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

In the spirit of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and David Swift’s The Parent Trap, Anne Leigh Parrish’s rollicking fourth novel, Maggie’s Ruse, grapples with the consequences of mistaking one identical twin for the other.—Jacob Appel, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day

 

Finalist, Literary Fiction Category, 2018 International Book Awards

The Amendment

A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

A beautifully written story about a new widow’s struggle to wrap her mind around her husband’s death by setting off on a cross-country journey in search of she knows not what. Parrish’s prose is eloquent yet crisp, moving the story along quickly. The Amendment is at times funny, quirky and endearingly touching. A delightful must-read, sure to take its place among today’s top literary fiction! —Michelle Cox, author of The Henrietta and Inspector Howard Series

Finalist, Literary Fiction Category, 2017 Best Book Awards

Women Within

A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

Relevant and expertly arranged, this novel is composed of stirring and sympathetic trials and tribulations. A finely crafted tale of three outcast women, their struggles, and their lives.—Foreword Reviews

 

 

Finalist, Short Story Category, 2017 International Book Awards

By the Wayside

Stories by Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish’s stories hit an emotional nerve which ensures you will remember them. One of my favorite stories in her newest collection, By The Wayside, is “Where Love Lies.” It is about a woman named Dana who moves to a quiet, yet gossipy, island town to escape her former life. Her self-esteem is wrecked, and she wants to start over and rebuild her confidence and heal herself through her love of painting. However, as she befriends an older man and finds herself attracted to another man closer to her age, she realizes that this beautiful island town is anything but serene, and danger lurks because, as she says: “Hating was far easier than loving, and came more naturally.—Chrissi Sepe, author of Iggy Gorgess and Bliss, Bliss, Bliss

Winner, Literary Fiction, 2015 Book Of The Year Award

What Is Found, What Is Lost

A novel by Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish’s fine debut novel, What Is Found, What Is Lost, is a moving and graceful tale that delves deeply into the histories of two sisters, Freddie and Holly. The women reinvent their lives and fortunes as adults, but despite new identities, find they must learn to navigate the complex network of family ties and family lies that bind them together. Parrish, in clear, deft prose, explores the meaning of motherhood, faith, loyalty, and tenderness; effortless, she carries her readers through four generations of one family’s checkered history of love. —Mary Akers, author of Bones Of An Inland Sea

Finalist, Short Story Category, 2013 International Book Awards

Our Love Could Light the World

Stories by Anne Leigh Parrish

Parrish weaves linked, darkly humorous tales of aging, death, love and alcoholism using the gothic tropes of Southern literary fiction. A successful collage of linked stories set in a rich, dysfunctional world.—Kirkus Reviews

Silver Medal, Short Story Category, 2012 IPPY Awards

All the Roads That Lead From Home

Stories by Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish has written a collection of stories that deserve a place on the shelf next to Raymond Carver, Tom Boyle, Richard Bausch, and other investigators of lives gone wrong. Parrish writes with painful clarity about marriages turned sour, children at war with their parents, women drifting from one damaging relationship to another, and about unexpected acts of generosity-an impoverished woman giving her battered piano to a priest who had befriended her, a schoolgirl who bribes a boy to pretend an interest in an overweight classmate, then finds that her kindness has disastrous consequences. These are potent and artful stories, from a writer who warrants attentive reading.—C. Michael Curtis, Fiction Editor, The Atlantic Monthly

About Anne Leigh Parrish

Writer, Poet, Photographer

Since 1982, Anne Leigh Parrish has called the Pacific Northwest Home. A native of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Anne spent her high school years in Princeton, New Jersey, and then made her way west.

Anne graduated from the University of Colorado, then moved once more to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. After earning her MBA, Anne realized her first and only love was writing, which she has pursued relentlessly for many years…

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