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About Barbara

Personal bios are really hard to write for those of us who make a living dramatizing bios for pretend people. Anything I write about me feels totally boring. But it is what it is. So here goes.

I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary.


About Before and Again

Mackenzie Cooper does not want to be who she was — the one who was driving with her eyes on her phone just long enough to cause a deadly accident that cost her everything. In order to survive, she becomes someone new, someone better — until the past returns.

Before and Again is a story of vital relationships — mothers and daughters, spouses and siblings, true companions and fair weather friends — and the courage it takes to make them work.


What Barbara’s Reading

In the Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer whose work I’ve always admired. Most recently, I read “The Japanese Lover,” and given the quiet, warm, cohesive feeling it gave me, was really looking forward to reading “In [...]

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