ABOUT the author
Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age 11, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. After studying journalism at NYU, she worked as a freelance journalist and screenwriter for 20 years, living and working in six different countries. In 2004, her first novel, Away From You was published to international acclaim. The following year, she and her husband, the wildlife filmmaker Matt Aeberhard, moved to a remote region of Tanzania to make DisneyNature’s beautiful, haunting flamingo epic, The Crimson Wing. During the filming, Melanie became the medic to the local Masai community and established The Natron Healthcare Project. She now lives on a hill in Vermont with Matt, their twin daughters, three Tanzanian mutts and two very old horses.
Find out more here: melaniefinn.com
Facebook: Melanie Finn
Upcoming events with MELANIE FINN:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 7pm
"Rising Vermont Voices: Women Writers Showcase"
Vermont author Chris Bohjalian hosts this showcase of up-and-coming women writers: Melanie Finn (The Underneath), Sarah Healy (The Sisters Chase), Maria Hummel (Still Lives), and Robin MacArthur (Heart Spring Mountain)! Each author will read from new work and Bohjalian will make an introduction and facilitate a discussion. With a book signing and refreshments. Free and open to the public.
A Vermont Arts Council Vermont Arts 2018 Program.
Available from Two Dollar Radio
"Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller."
—John Williams, New York Times [The Gloaming review]
"In this richly textured, intricately plotted novel, [Finn] assures us that heartbreak has the same shape everywhere. The Gloaming is chillingly cinematic in contrasting East Africa’s exquisite landscape with the region’s human needs. Yet even in a malevolent setting, Finn shows us acts of selflessness and redemption. Her fascination with the duality of Africa—'the most honest place on earth'—shines fiercely."
—New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
An interview with Melanie Finn | 1/19/2016
Two Dollar Radio editor Eric Obenauf talks to Melanie Finn about the true story that served as inspiration for the book.
Because We Want Control: An Interview with Melanie Finn | 8/9/2016
Weird Sister talks to Melanie Finn about how she found balance while writing her emotionally trying novel.
The Pigeon Press Interview with Melanie Finn | 1/29/2018
Northwest Academy's The Pigeon Press has some fantastic questions for Melanie Finn, about her novel The Gloaming!
First Draft Podcast by Aspen Public Radio interviews Melanie Finn | 1/25/2017
Hear the brilliance of author Melanie Finn on topics as far ranging as one of the most interesting places on Earth: east Africa, living in remote areas, and her hit book The Gloaming.
To celebrate the publication day of Shame (the UK version of The Gloaming), W&N editor Sophie Buchan holds a Q&A with Melanie Finn: