This book was a wonderful read! I cancelled plans because I couldn’t put it down. The characters are relatable. And their relationship is complicated and messy. The intrigue was played out until the very end. Not wrapped up in in a bow and rushed like so many books today. I felt as if the timing in the story was perfect. I highly recommend this book. – Amazon Review
For as long as she can remember, it’s been Nicola and her sister Viv against the world. After all, their parents abandoned them when Viv was in high school––and against the odds, the girls turned out pretty well. Viv put herself through medical school and into a successful surgery practice in Nashville. Nicola’s career as an artist is a bit more precarious, but she loves her itinerant life: traveling as the painting gigs take her.
And right up until the phone rang in the middle of the night, Nicola would have said she knew her charismatic older sister better than anyone else in the world. They were as close as –– well, as close as sisters. But Nicola races to her sister’s hospital room, where she discovers her sister has been hiding one astonishing secret after another.
A car wreck has left Viv widowed and unconscious, and it falls to Nicola to pick up the pieces.
Even as she tries to figure out what Viv has been up to, Nicola must uncover the truth about their family’s past while navigating their future.
She Taught Me Everything is a compelling story about sisters and secrets, and about the choices that can redefine the entire shape of a family.
About the Author
Amy Smith Linton grew up poor in a storytelling family in Northern New York. A lucky streak with standardized testing and a certain familiarity with making ends meet got her to Cornell University for a bachelor’s degree in English.
She attended the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, went to Manhattan, and worked for three years for Farrar Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers, lunching with the likes of Madeleine L’Engle, Jerry Selden, and Satoshi Kitamura, and crossing paths with Isaac Singer, Susan Sontag, Scott Turow, and a pale, pale Tom Wolfe –– then midstream in Bonfire of the Vanities.
She left Manhattan publishing to live near her extended family in Florida and took up a whirlwind set of part-time jobs that included sailing correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly and The Tampa Tribune, freelance editor, office manager for a retirement-planning firm, first mate on a passenger ferry, wallpaper hanger, marine varnish tech, and a half-a-dozen other unlikely occupations.
A stint in corporate life as editor and writer of adult training material gave her a taste of product development, stand-up training, video production, and corporate in-fighting.
She currently focuses on fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Rosebud magazine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Stonecoast Review, 4’33”, Halfway Down the Stairs, and more.
When not writing, she races small sailboats with her husband, Jeff Linton. Her team won the World Championships in the Lightning Class twice, and the North American Flying Scot Championship six times. She was short-listed for the U.S. Sailing/Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
She is working on her next novel.
Her website is www.amysmithlinton.com