Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of the novel

Winner of the prestigious French Prix award
#1 Book of the Year, the Oregonian
Finalist for the 2014 Flaherty First Novel Prize
Texas Lariat List
Top #5 Books of the Year, Powell’s Books
Indie Next Pick
Amazon Book of the Month
ALA Excellence in Fiction Award
Foyles Best of 2014
Harper Collins Canada #1 Fan Choice
Waterstones Book Club Pick
Longlist for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
IMPAC longlist International Dublin Literary Award

Rene has written for publications including The New York Times and is the author of three non-fiction books in addition to her fiction. Her award-winning debut novel, The Enchanted, was inspired by her day job as a licensed investigator. Devoted to helping others, Rene works with men and women on death row, sex trafficking victims and innocents in prison. Rene was the Chief Investigator at a public defender’s office and has worked hundreds of cases. The child of a difficult history herself, Rene is an accomplished speaker who loves connecting with communities. Rene’s second novel, The Child Finder, will be published in September 2017. It is already earning rave reviews, including Publisher’s Weekly, which writes, “the conclusion will leave readers breathless.” The Child Finder was inspired by her investigative work, as well as experiences as a foster-adoptive mother of twenty years. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the proud parent to three amazing teenagers and young adults, all adopted from foster care.

photo by Gary Norman, 2017