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About the Author: Lynn C. Miller

I believe that stories transform lives and that lives generate stories. I started writing at age 9, typing in red ink on an Underwood typewriter, when my family moved from River Forest, IL to a farm five miles northeast of Devils Lake, ND.

I live in Albuquerque and am a novelist and playwright, performer, and educator. My published novels are The Day After Death (just out!), The Fool’s Journey and Death of a Department Chair. Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (written with Lisa Lenard-Cook) came out in March, 2013 from the University of Wisconsin Press. My plays have been produced in Austin, Tulsa, Albuquerque, Provincetown, Yaddo, and elsewhere.

In 2010 Lisa Lenard-Cook and I founded the ABQ Writers Co-op, providing community in New Mexico for writers everywhere. We founded the literary journal bosque, now in its sixth year. I now edit the journal and offer retreats, events, and classes for writers through Bosque Press. I also consult with writers and run generative and critique groups.

I have a B.A. from the University of North Dakota in English and theater, an M.A. from Northwestern University in performance studies, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in communication and performance. I’ve taught writing and performance at Penn State University, The University of Southern California, and the University of Texas at Austin, where I was Professor of Theatre and Dance.

I have performed the lives of women in history (Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Victoria Woodhull, and Katherine Anne Porter), and have appeared as a guest artist at many universities and art festivals......


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Goodreads rating: 3.50

Paperback, Published in Sep 2002 by Winedale Publishing

ISBN10: 0970152582 | ISBN13: 9780970152589

Page count: 304

In this first novel of delicious wit and sharp observation, Austin playwright and professor Lynn C. Miller displays an unerring eye for the foibles of male-dominated departmental politics at fictional Austin University.



When Fiona Hardison, a blocked Edith Wharton scholar, is passed over for promotion at the behest of her lover— memorably slimy departmental chairman Sigmund Froelich— she embarks on a journey toward self discovery with surprising consequences.



Aided by insights provided in a perceptive Tarot reading, Fiona finds herself reevaluating her academic focus, her personal relationships, and her future prospects for happiness.



As she examines her life, she discovers unexpected parallels with Edith Wharton's personal development. These present her with a fresh approach to her biography of this great American author, excerpts of which are interspersed throughout.



With sure satiric pacing and much good humor, The Fool's Journey immerses us in a academic atmosphere rife with devious plots.



Miller skewers pretensions with a certain hand while she portrays a memorable cast of supporting characters: goddessy Bettina, wife of botanist Marvin, beloved by all sexes; Dean Darryl Hansen, lover to Fiona and Bettina; solid and supportive fellow Wharton enthusiast Miriam Held; and outrageous gadfly Blake Burnois, whose mischievous publication of Fiona's biting satire in the Chronicle of Higher Education shatters everyone's status quo into tiny shards.



Lovers of the work of Edith Wharton will take particular pleasure from the interweaving of her journey with that of the protagonist in this lively and entertaining tale.

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