“Julie Carrick Dalton’s deftly constructed, urgent yet slow-burning debut novel reads like a warning from the frontlines of our rapidly deteriorating natural world.” — Omar El Akkad, author of American War

Julie Carrick Dalton grew up in Maryland and on a military base in Germany. As an adult, she bounced around from Seattle to Dallas to Virginia, before finding her true home in Boston, where she has lived for more than twenty years. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, The Hollywood Reporter, Electric Literature, and other publications. She contributes to The Chicago Review of Books, DeadDarlings, and The Writer Unboxed. A Tin House alum and graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, Julie holds a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard Extension School. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of writing fiction in the age of climate crisis. Mom to four kids and two dogs, Julie is a passionate skier, hiker, and kayaker. A former beeker, she also owns and operates an organic farm. Please excuse her dirty fingernails.

In her startling and timely debut, Julie Carrick Dalton’s Waiting for the Night Song is a moving, brilliant novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed. The novel is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise. Julie’s next novel, The Last Beekeeper, is set for release in March 2023.

Julie’s next novel, The Last Beekeeper, is a celebration of found family, an exploration of truth versus power, and the triumph of hope in the face of despair. It’s set to be released in March, 2023.

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Waiting for the Night Song

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Fiction

Named a Most Anticipated book by Newsweek * USA Today * CNN * Parade * Buzzfeed * Medium * GoodReads * PopSugar * Frolic Media * Betches * The Nerd Daily * SheReads and more

“Smart and searingly passionate…an illuminating snapshot of nature, betrayal, and sacrifices set in the evocative New Hampshire wilderness.”–Kim Michele Richardson, bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A startling and timely debut, Julie Carrick Dalton’s Waiting for the Night Song is a moving, brilliant novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed.

Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.

Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.

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Norwich Bookstore Presents Julie Carrick Dalton discussing Waiting for the Nightsong with Robin MacArthur

Rachael Barenbaum’s Debut Spotlight with Julie Carrick Dalton

Book Chat: Julie Carrick Dalton discusses her new novel with Barbara Peters

Julie Carrick Daltons’ debut novel, Waiting for the Night Song, was hailed as one of the most anticipated books of 2021 by Newsweek, USA Today, CNN, Buzzfeed and more. Join us as we talk about this beautiful book that combines page-turning mystery with a serious passion for the environment. Learn how tending to her own organic farm intersected with –and informed–the writing of her novel and how Julie’s passion for the environment will hopefully be driving her writing for years to come.

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

William Faulkner Literary Competition Winner
Writers’ League of Texas Award Winner
2016 Writer’s Digest Contest Winner
Caledonia Novel Award Finalist
Claymore Award Finalist
Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature Finalist

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