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April 2, 2009

The Last Secret is out: Mary McGarry Morris releasing new book

Tour for Andover author's 7th novel starts in town

Hollywood has come calling already to Mary McGarry Morris, with Debra Winger playing one of her characters in the movie version of "A Dangerous Woman."

Oprah's Book Club? The Andover author has been there, done that. Her book "Songs in Ordinary Time" was selected for the club and Morris had a seat on Oprah's couch for a book discussion.

Live National Public Radio interviews? She's done those, too.

The literary buzz is about to heat up again for well-known Abbot Street resident Mary McGarry Morris. Her seventh book, "The Last Secret", is set to be released on Tuesday, April 7. Reviewers are already raving about the book and its author, with Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times calling Morris "one of the most skillful writers at work in America today."

Humble and gracious, McGarry Morris is married to Andover lawyer Michael Morris and together they have five grown kids and several grandchildren. She shifts the conversation away from reviewer accolades and talks about her first stop on her upcoming book tour. Just 48 hours after the book release, she'll be reading and signing at her first and favorite book-tour stop, the Andover Bookstore on Main Street. It's always the first stop on her tours. She'll visit the Andover Bookstore on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

"I like to look out and see friends, people who stop me in town and tell me they like my books," said McGarry Morris, who does most of her writing at her Andover home. "I'm so proud to live in Andover where there is a 200-year-old bookstore ... I'm really proud of that."

It's been four years since she published a book ("The Lost Mother," 2005) and reviewers seem more than ready.

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