The From-Aways

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William Morrow & Company
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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

CJ Hauser's fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, and Esquire. She is a recipient of McSweeney's Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award and winner of the Jaimy Gordon Prize in fiction. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in English at The Florida State University.


"Hauser's story is a love letter to the town of Menamon, Maine. She writes her prose with such vivid descriptions that you feel you are walking the streets of the town...If you like a story with colorful characters who are delightfully flawed, then this is the book for you." -- Tallahassee Democrat

"Memorable." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Hauser's style is expressive, clever and compelling, and she offers readers a thoughtful and engaging debut." -- Kirkus Reviews

"CJ Hauser's debut novel, THE FROM-AWAYS, is as charming, salty and fresh as its setting in small-town Maine. Through her spunky heroines, Leah and Quinn, who have both come to Maine to find roots, Hauser tells an affecting story about lobsters, loyalty and love." -- Elliott Holt, author of You Are One of Them

"In THE FROM-AWAYS, CJ Hauser introduces us to Menamon, Maine, a town of wisecracking fisherman, activist waitresses, and secret fathers, with such deftness we immediately know and care for it like locals...I loved spending time in Menamon, and was sorry when I had to go." -- Marie-Helene Bertino, author of SAFE AS HOUSES and 2 A.M. AT THE CAT'S PAJAMAS

"THE FROM-AWAYS is populated by twenty-somethings running from and in search of family, by people passionately in pursuit of home. CJ Hauser has written a wise, lovely, luminous novel about love and work and leaving New York." -- Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You

"I was immediately pulled into this enchanting debut novel by the wit of CJ Hauser's prose, her sharp dialogue, and her honesty in portraying the journey of young women trying to find their place in the world." -- Vendela Vida, author of The Lovers and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name

"This big-hearted story about small-town Maine captivated me from the first page...Filled with humor and poetry and complicated characters who love foolishly and too much." -- Christina Baker Kline, New York Times-bestselling author of Orphan Train

"This impressively crafted first novel is likely to leave readers wanting both a Maine lobster dinner and more from [CJ Hauser]." -- Booklist