Karen Karbo, bestselling author of the Kick Ass Women Series, said this about Dan Berne’s The Gods of Second Chances, coming out in March from Forest Avenue Press:
“Every so often a novel comes along that feels like nothing you’ve read before. Dan Berne’s The Gods of Second Chances is one of those, soulful and shattering in equal measure. Berne shines a light on rarely visited corners of both the world and the human heart in a page-turning story that stays with you long after you’ve reached the end. Be prepared to be amazed.”
– Karen Karbo, author of Julia Child Rules
Karen inspires us with her energy, her big smile, her down-to-earth approach to sharing stories about amazing women, her role as a powerful fixture on the Portland literary landscape, and her work teaching other writers. Dan has studied the craft with Karen for ten years, so she was a natural first choice for a blurb for his fast-paced debut novel, and we’re so grateful she gave us such a good one.
Karen is the author of fourteen award-winning novels, memoirs and works of non-fiction including the bestselling Kick Ass Women series: Julia Child Rules (October 2013); How Georgia Became O’Keeffe (2011); The Gospel According to Coco Chanel (2009), and How to Hepburn (2007). Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, salon.com and other magazines.
Karen is an active and vibrant voice in the Portland writing community and beyond. She has taught and shared her insights through classes at Portland State University, and through such programs as Writers in the Schools, The Attic, Wordstock, as well as a weekly gathering of writers at her dining room table.