Michaela Carter

Leonora in the Morning Light

Michaela Carter, Photo by Emily Ludwig

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Novels That Will Sweep You Away” and LitHub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.”


In the spirit of Amy Bloom’s White Houses and Colm Tóibín’s The Master, a page-turning novel about Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and the art, drama, and romance that defined her coming-of-age during World War II.

From Avid Reader Press
Available Now in Hardcover
Leonora In The Morning Light by Michaela Carter
Author Michaela Carter and her Dog, Kit
About the Author

Michaela Carter is a writer, painter, and an award-winning poet. She studied theater at UCLA and holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. Her novel Further Out Than You Thought was an Indie Next Pick, and she was the Arizona Republic Critic’s Pick for Best Debut Author in 2014. Her poetry won the Poetry Society of America Los Angeles New Poets Contest, has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the cofounder of the independent bookstore the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Her novel Leonora In the Morning Light is forthcoming from Avid Reader Press in April, 2021.

Current Publications

Leanora in the

Morning Light

Die Surrealistin

(German Publication)

Further Out

Than You Thought

Painted Concrete Wall
LEoNORA's Gallery
Artwork from Leonora in the Morning Light (Die Surrealistin)
  • In Conversation with Award-winning Author Kate Christensen
    Apr 12, 7:30 PM EDT
    Live via Zoom
    Hosted by Greenlight Bookstore, Michaela Carter will share her new book, Leonora in the Morning Light and will be joined in conversation by Kate Christensen, award-winning author of The Great Man.
  • Book Release and Cocktail Party
    Sat, Apr 10
    Peregrine Book Company
    Apr 10, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Peregrine Book Company, 219 N Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86301, USA
    Celebrate the release of Leonora In the Morning Light for a special book release and cocktail party. This event will follow COVID protocols and guests must wear masks when not seated.



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