Sharon’s previous novels include the critically acclaimed THE ROMANCE READER’S GUIDE TO LIFE (Flatiron, 2017), EVERYTHING AFTER (Putnam, 2006) and WHAT HAPPENED TO HENRY (Berkley, 2005).  She has published in a number of literary journals and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony.  She now teaches and writes in Boston.

Sharon is represented by Senior Literary Agent Carolyn Forde. 

Praise for The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life

“…The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life has a World War II pinup girl’s brash appeal…it prompts questions about how intensely ambition affects romance. A reader who, following the genre’s conventions, can turn her eyes when necessary from something unseemly, should enjoy the way her heart throbs during this fast-moving yarn.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Pywell’s smart, unexpectedly funny tale of two plucky sisters and their cosmetics business has a little of everything: romance, suspense, even magical realism.” ―Entertainment Weekly (Grade: B+)

“A genre bender told from the alternating perspectives of twins―one living, one dead―who recount their obsessions with sexy fictional pirates and real-life abusive men, and their bid to build a cosmetics empire.”
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“Smart, funny, and compulsively readable: this one may finally win the under recognized author the wider audience her talent deserves.” ―Kirkus (starred review)

“Equal parts mystery, romance, and family saga, with a dash of dark comedy, this book has something for fans of all genres.” ―Booklist

Praise for Sharon Pywell’s Previous Work:

“An utterly compelling book about the magical endurance of history, family, faith and love.” ―Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“Beautiful and perfectly paced.” ―People

“…beautifully written…tremendously appealing…with a freshness and originality of style…I loved it.” ―Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat

“Haunting yet touching…Equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking, rippling outward like a pebble in a lake.” ―The Charleston Post and Courier

“Evocative and haunting.” ―Nelson DeMille

“One of those books that pulls and tugs at you.” ―Denver Post

“The best examination of political and moral issues within the framework of family life since Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres.” ―Kirkus (starred review)