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Jon Clinch

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09/24/2010

Born and raised in the remote heart of upstate New York, Jon Clinch has been an English teacher, a metalworker, a folksinger, an illustrator, a typeface designer, a housepainter, a copywriter, and an advertising executive. Teaching and advertising took him south to the suburbs of Philadelphia for many years, and only with the publication of Finn, his first novel, was he able to return to the kind of rural surroundings he'd loved from the start: This time, in the Green Mountains of Vermont. He is married to the novelist Wendy Clinch, and they have one daughter.
Finn was named an American Library Association Notable Book and was chosen as one of the year's ten best books by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor. It also won the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Sargent First Novel Prize.
His second novel, Kings of the Earth, is set in upstate New York and concerns a mysterious death in a farming family. It was inspired by the tragedy of the Ward brothers.

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