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Janet Graber was born in the middle of WWII in Northern England. She traveled widely, before making a life in the United States. Her YA novels and pictures books have been published by Henry Holt, Marshal Cavendish and Roaring Brook Press. Awards include a McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, a Junior Library Guild Selection and the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award. She teaches occasionally at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and mentors writers in her home.

Janet lives in Minnesota, cherishes log fires, green trees, reading in bed, a pot of tea at three o’clock, and good friends and family. Her favorite quotation: I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in (Robert Louis Stevenson).

The Sting of Love, an historical novel, is Graber’s first book written for an adult audience. Weaving historical facts with fictional characters, her novel moves seamlessly between a daughter’s life, complicated by a tumultuous affair of her own in London, and her father’s story in the aftermath of WWII, viewed through the lens of their last few weeks together in Trieste, Italy. With the unraveling of forbidden loves, and long-buried secrets, their lives are changed in unimaginable ways.

Short Biography

Janet Graber is the author of novels for adults and young adults, as well as picture books for children. The recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature, her books have been honored as a Minnesota Book Award finalist, a Junior Library Guild selection, and the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award. Janet lives in Minnesota, where she cherishes log fires, green trees, reading in bed, a pot of tea at three o’clock, and good friends and family.