Kim Edwards

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Kim Edwards
Born (1958-05-04) May 4, 1958 (age 57)
Killeen, Texas
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater Colgate University
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Notable works The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Kim Edwards (born May 4, 1958)[1] is an American author and educator. Her first novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2005), is a New York Times Bestseller, and was honored with the Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award[2] at the 2008 British Book Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Edwards was born in Killeen, Texas. When she was two months old, her family moved to upstate New York, where she was raised.[3] Edwards began college at Auburn Community College. She transferred to Colgate University in 1979, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1981. In 1983, Edwards received a master's degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Edwards earned a second master of arts degree in linguistics, also from the University of Iowa, in 1987.[1]


She wrote the short story collection, The Secrets of a Fire King (1997), which was an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, and has won both a Whiting Award[4] and the Nelson Algren Award.[5]

Edwards teaches writing at the University of Kentucky.[6]

Edwards' 2005 novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, was named the 2006 Book of the Year by USA Today.[7] Her most recent novel, The Lake of Dreams, New York Times Bestseller,[8] was published in January 2011.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Edwards married Thomas Clayton in 1987. Edwards and Clayton, who have two daughters together (Abigail and Naomi), reside in Hanover, Kentucky.[1]



Short stories[edit]

  • "Paradise". Ploughshares (Emerson College). Fall 1990. 
  • "Aristotle's Lantern". Zoetrope: All-Story 6 (1). Spring 2002. 
  • "In the Garden". Ploughshares (Emerson College). Fall 2003. 


  1. ^ a b c "The Way It Felt to Be Falling: Author Biography". eNotes. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ 2008 Winners & Shortlists retrieved May 4, 2010
  3. ^ "Lexington author Kim Edwards begins tour for 'The Lake of Dreams'". Herald-Leader. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Whiting Writers Awards retrieved May 4, 2010
  5. ^ Good Reads Kim Edwards retrieved May 4, 2010
  6. ^ Penguin Speaker Bureau Kim Edwards retrieved May 4, 2010
  7. ^ "Memory Keeper' is top read of 2006". USA Today. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Pierleoni, Allen (12 January 2011). "Best-selling author Kim Edwards dreamed of success". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Memmott, Carol (6 January 2011). "Author Kim Edwards goes from 'Memory' to 'Dreams'". USA Today. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 

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