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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 Paperback
Leonora In The Morning Light by Michaela Carter
Author Michaela Carter and her Dog, Kit
About the Author

Michaela Carter is the author of two novels, including Leonora In the Morning Light, one of O, the Oprah Magazine’s “Most Anticipated Historical Novels” and LitHub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2021.” It has been translated into German, Polish and Dutch and was shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Book Award. Her novel Further Out Than You Thought was an Indie Next List Pick, and 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.    

Current Publications

Leonora in the

Morning Light

Further Out

Than You Thought

My Books
Leonora's Gallery
Painted Concrete Wall

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  • Literary Society of the Desert, In-Person Luncheon
    Feb 22, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Rancho Mirage, 34600 Mission Hills Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270, USA
    Join Michaela Carter for this in-person luncheon, Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at the Mission Hills Country Club. Doors open at 11:30 am with lunch at noon. This is a members only event--Literary Society of the Desert members can follow the link to register.
  • Online Conversation with Susan DeFreitas
    Feb 17, 2022, 7:00 PM
    FREE zoom event with Michaela Carter in Conversation with Susan DeFreitas Discussing Her Latest Book. Hosted by The Peregrine Book Company, Feb 17, 2022, 07:00pm MTS.
  • ART & WAR with Michaela Carter & Meg Waite Clayton
    Feb 09, 2022, 8:00 PM PST
    Online Event
    JCC Jewish Book Festival presents a virtual discussion on Art and War with Michaela Carter, author of Leonora in the Morning Light, and Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Postmistress of Paris, moderated by Hope Forstenzer.

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