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Michelle Huneven on 'Search'

Michelle Huneven is the author of "Search"
Courtney Gregg
Penguin Random House
Michelle Huneven is the author of "Search"

When Michelle Huneven wrote her novel, Search, aspects of her real life and experience serving on her own church’s search committee couldn’t help but emerge on the page.

Throughout this novel, following the search committee of a Unitarian Universalist Church on its quest to find a new minister, Huneven explores the treatment of women as the “last frontier” and the effects of unconscious bias.

I spoke with Michele Huneven about fictionalization of real people, her experience as a restaurant critic, and the desire for change. I’m Beth Golay, this is Marginalia and here’s our conversation.


Search by Michelle Huneven was published by Penguin Press.

Marginalia was produced at KMUW Wichita and is part of the NPR Podcast Network.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.