Rene Denfeld is the internationally bestselling author of the novels

Winner of the prestigious French Prix award
#1 Book of the Year, the Oregonian
Finalist for the 2014 Flaherty First Novel Prize
Finalist for the Connecticut Book Prize
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
A New York Times Hero of the Year for her social justice work
Recipient of the National Break The Silence Award

Rene is the author of the acclaimed novels The Child Finder and The Enchanted, as well as essays in publications such as the New York Times. Her literary psychological thrillers explore themes of survival, resiliency and redemption, and have earned starred Library Journal reviews, glowing NYTBR reviews, and Indie Next picks. Her third novel, THE BUTTERFLY GIRL, will be published Oct 1, 2019. Margaret Atwood proclaims it a “heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, yet ultimately hopeful novel.” 

Rene’s lyrical, beautiful writing is inspired by her work with sex trafficking victims and innocents in prison. Rene was the Chief Investigator at a public defender’s office and has worked hundreds of cases. In addition to her advocacy work, Rene has been a foster adoptive parent for twenty years. She was awarded the Break The Silence Award in Washington, DC for her social justice work, and was named a 2017 hero of the year by the New York Times. 

The child of a difficult history herself, Rene is an accomplished speaker who loves connecting with others. Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the happy mom of three kids adopted from foster care as well as other foster kids. 

Click here for her inspiring Modern Love Essay 

Click here for her Washington Post essay

Click here for an interview with Rene in Psychology Today

photo by Owen Carey, 2019