Marlene Hauser

Marlene leaning on a pile of her books, Geraniums

Marlene Hauser

Marlene Hauser is a professional writer based in Oxford, UK

where she lives with her husband and teenage son.  She served as editor of the Writer’s New York City Source Book and originated the television film Under the Influence, going on to serve as Associate Producer and Technical Consultant.  

Marlene holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and has received numerous awards, including a residency at the Millay Arts Colony in Upstate New York.

A COMPULSIVE READ
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 14 January 2023

It has been quite some time since I have read a novel that was so gripping. I read it over the weekend and was caught up in the beautifully depicted world of Lily and her very dysfunctional family. And yet, it is very different from other novels about dysfunctional families. There is an attempt to be generous and to try to analyse the dysfunctionality sympathetically which gives significant depth to the novel. I particularly liked the descriptions of the various cultures the family lives in over the years and found it added richness to the story. And I was taken back in time by the closely observed and very poignant description of life in the 60s. Overall, despite some of the horrific events in the book the story is a very positive, life affirming one. I was happy to have had the opportunity to read ‘Geraniums’ and will watch out for future novels by this author.
Geraniums, a novel by Marlene Hauser
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Geraniums

Lily Preston, clever beyond her years, is only four when she realises her family is headed for disaster. While she, older sister Mags and younger brother Artie are dragged around America and the world during the 1960s and early ’70s by their military father Jack, he propels their mother, gentle, green-fingered Lauren Rose, to the edge of insanity through mental and physical abuse. A cat-and-mouse game of escape and entrapment ensues, testing Lily’s resilience, resourcefulness and family loyalty to the limit. 

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Lily’s life is a struggle. Geraniums is a beautifully written and compelling literary fiction that I thoroughly enjoyed. Marlene Hauser

Linda Hill
Linda Hill
Geraniums (The Book Guild) is Marlene Hauser’s second novel. It’s an uncomfortable story of a young girl growing up in a

David Roche
The author writes with an unselfconscious brutal honesty. This is an intense forensic exploration of a dysfunctional family. I was

NetGalley
Geraniums is a mesmerizing story of family strife and enduring belief. The main character, Lily, manages to deal with a

Barbara Katz
A well structured and quick read, this novel pulsates with family drama and enough significantly terrifying events that you’ll find

Michael Macauly
“Geraniums” is a poignant, heart-wrenching tale of an American family’s travails through the 1960s. Initially the three children, narrated through

Ann Lucien Nasiri
I read it in two sittings and couldn’t put it down! Wonderful characters that have you fully invested in their

Tiger Craft

Lily Preston, clever beyond her years, is only four when she realises her family is headed for disaster. While she, older sister Mags and younger brother Artie are dragged around America and the world during the 1960s and early ’70s by their military father Jack, he propels their mother, gentle, green-fingered Lauren Rose, to the edge of insanity through mental and physical abuse. A cat-and-mouse game of escape and entrapment ensues, testing Lily’s resilience, resourcefulness and family loyalty to the limit. 

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Wonderland Oxford

New Year. New ideas, people, places, things? Nope. Not for me.

Not entirely anyway because I am hugely grateful for the existing ones, especially the old ones like the town where I live. Literally old, founded in AD 912, Oxford was never on my radar, but we all know what they say about plans, don’t we?

Off-Island

A book about being lost, resilient, & coming of age…

Krista Bourne has always been surrounded by the strength, love and wealth of her family and their homes in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard. She has never had to think for herself. Living with boyfriend Michael and her elderly grandfather, she can also summon up the comforting ghosts of her beloved father and grandmother. In vivid dreams she flies with her pilot father, and when awake remembers idyllic childhood holidays spent with her bohemian grandmother.

When Krista impulsively walks out on her career as a professional dancer, it is the beginning of a new chapter in her life. She feels unsettled and excited by the sense of imminent change around her. This feeling turns to panic, then fear when she realises that she is pregnant and is uncertain whether or not she wants to keep the baby, bringing her and Michael to a crossroads in their relationship. Adamant that she alone must deal with the situation, Krista rejects all offers of support from him, isolating her at a time when she most needs help. Krista’s journey and emotional upheaval take her back to her summer home on Martha’s Vineyard, where she is surprised to find out that she does not know her family history quite as well as she imagined…

Off-Island will appeal to readers who enjoy romance, empowering fiction and extremely relatable characters with situations grounded in reality.

On sale, paperback released 28th September

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“My goodness. Off-Island may be more novella than a novel in length, but it packs the most enormous punch. The

Linda Hill
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“Entertaining and well-written. It was a book that I couldn’t put down. Pretty awesome summer read. I read it in

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