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Short Author Bio
Leah Weiss is a southern writer living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in Deep South Magazine, Serving House Journal and a Simple Life Magazine. Her debut novel IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE was released in 2017 and selected as a Library Reads, Indie Next and SIBA Okra Pick. It was honored as a 2018 finalist for the Library of Virginia’s Literary Fiction and People’s Choice Awards. Her second novel, ALL THE LITTLE HOPES was released in 2021 and was a Library Reads, BAM’s December 2021 book club choice, and named a Best Book for Fall 2021 by Country Living Magazine. It was a 2022 finalist for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award.
Longer Author Bio
Leah Weiss is a southern writer born in North Carolina and living in Virginia. She holds degrees from Dunbarton College in Washington DC and Kent State University. She began writing memoirs about her mother’s humble life. Those and other short stories have appeared in Deep South Magazine, Serving House Journal and a Simple Life Magazine. In 2015, Leah retired from a 24-year career as the Headmaster’s Assistant at Virginia Episcopal School, signed with a New York agent and began her writing career.
Her debut novel IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE, released in 2017, was developed from her first national winning short story. CREEK was selected as a Library Reads, Indie Next, SIBA Okra Pick. It was honored as a 2018 finalist for the Library of Virginia’s Literary Fiction and People’s Choice Awards. It has sold over 120,000 copies. Her second novel, ALL THE LITTLE HOPES, released in 2021, was a Library Reads, BAM’s December 2021 book club choice, and named a Best Book for Fall 2021 by Country Living Magazine. It was also a 2022 finalist for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award.
Leah is at work on her third novel and enjoys participating in book clubs and speaking about the rewards of becoming a bestselling author late in life. She can be reached through her website leahweiss.com.
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REVIEWS FOR ALL THE LITTLE HOPES
Like all great southern writers, Leah Weiss’s magic turns the local into the universal. All the Little Hopes is both a deep-dive into the life of a North Carolina town during WWII and a national portrait of an era with all of its attendant glories and pains… Lucy Brown and Allie Bert Tucker will break your heart, but Leah Weiss’s beautiful writing will sew it back together again.
Wiley Cash, NYT Bestselling Author, A HAND MORE KIND THAN HOME and WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME.
With her latest novel ALL THE LITTLE HOPES, Leah Weiss confirms the place she’s earned among top-notch historical fiction writers. Her thrilling, coming-of-age story… is compelling, alarming, and heart-breakingly satisfying. It grippingly explores the mysteries of one of my favorite themes: Who can really be trusted when the chips are down?”
David Gilham, NYT Bestselling Author, CITY OF WOMEN
ALL THE LITTLE HOPES is the kind of wise, compassionate and deeply empathetic novel that we all need right now…It’s a novel with an irresistible emotional momentum, as we follow all the ways its characters cope with a war come home. Weiss’s lyrical sentences are in themselves little wonders, tugging us along, delivering us to one surprising place after another and, in so doing, somehow restoring us to ourselves.
Tommy Hays, author of THE PLEASURE WAS MINE AND IN THE FAMILY WAY.
Retired Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer Emeritus at University of North Carolina