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Joanna Quinn on 'The Whalebone Theatre' and its charming cast of characters

Joanna Quinn is the author of "The Whalebone Theatre"
Nancy Turner
Penguin Random House
Joanna Quinn is the author of "The Whalebone Theatre"

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Joanna Quinn’s novel The Whalebone Theatre since a friend of mine insisted that I read it, and he’s never led me astray. This recommendation was no exception.

Quinn’s debut novel follows the young Cristabel Seagrave as she builds a theater among the bones of a washed up whale and comes of age during gap between WWI and WWII.

I recently spoke with Joanna Quinn about her compelling cast of characters, how her work experience influenced her writing, and the education that reading can provide. Here’s our conversation.


The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn was published by Knopf.

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