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Luanne Rice

Biography

Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 34 novels, including three YA novels, that have been translated into 24 languages. Her latest novel is LAST DAY.

Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. THE BEAUTIFUL LOST deals with teen depression, something Rice experienced herself.  She is an advocate for mental health awareness, a participant in McLean Hospital's Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life.

Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including CRAZY IN LOVE for TNT, BLUE MOON for CBS, FOLLOW THE STARS HOME and SILVER BELLS for Hallmark Hall of Fame, and BEACH GIRLS for a miniseries on Lifetime. Rice contributed a monologue to "Motherhood Out Loud," a play that premiered at Hartford Stage Company and was performed Off-Broadway and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree. Her papers are located in the college's Special Collections Library. A profile of Rice appeared in Connecticut College Magazine, Fall 2014.

She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut.

In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist. Christopher Plummer, actor, and Tim Prentice, sculptor, were also celebrated, and Rice was thrilled to share the moment with them.

Rice, an avid environmentalist, is honored to be a creative affiliate of the Safina Center.

Luanne Rice

Books by Luanne Rice

by Luanne Rice - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Emily Lonergan's best friend died last year. And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud and fun --- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone. When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too. Desperately enough to do something unthinkable. Suddenly, Emily's life is hurtling toward a very dark place --- and she's not sure she'll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

by Luanne Rice - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, the handsome boy Maia's in love with, Billy, unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own --- and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

by Luanne Rice - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

When Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she's driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Everyone thinks she's in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome --- she can see, hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo's sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo's boyfriend, Newton --- the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.