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  • Bibliography:
    10 Books
  • First Book:
    December 1978
  • Latest Book:
    June 1995
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Book List in Order: 10 titles

  • Hailed upon its publication as "a classic for readers not yet born" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Birdy is an inventive, hypnotic novel about friendship and family, dreaming and surviving, love and war, madness and beauty, and, above all, "birdness." It t...

  • John Tremont, a middle-aged man with a family, is summoned to his mother's bedside after she has suffered a heart attack. When he arrives, he finds her shaken but surviving; it is his father, left alone, who is unable to cope, who begins to fail, to ...

  • Set in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve 1944, Sergeant Will Knott and five other GIs are ordered close to the German lines to establish an observation post in an abandoned chateau. Here they play at being soldiers in what seems to be complete iso...

  • Know Scumbler in his poignant, hilarious life. Get mad at him and even cry with him. Here's Don Quixote, Santa Claus, and Faust rolled into one "thick shadow" of a man. A joyous sixty-year-old American street painter lives on the Left Bank in Paris, ...

  • During the Depression, a 10-year-old boy befriends a carnival stuntman and his lion cub and learns about the meaning of family, loyalty, love, and survival....

  • Set in a remote Italian village, this novel focuses on William Wiley and his family as they separate his fantasy about a magical fox, whom he claims to know, from reality. The author also wrote "Birdy", "Dad", "Midnight Clear", "Pride", "Scumbler" an...

  • In Last Lovers, William Wharton gives us his most intimate look yet at the ways each of us can be drawn away from love, creativity, and innocence, and at the forces that, when we are lucky, bring us back.

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    In 1988 his daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters were killed in a horrific crash on an Oregon highway because the cars and road were obscured by heavy smoke from clear-burning by farmers close by. He fought for forbidding farmers from doing so...

  • In August of 1988, heavy black smoke engulfed an Oregon highway, causing a massive 23-car pileup that claimed the lives of novelist William Wharton's 36-year-old daughter, her husband, and their two infant daughters. They'd been victims of field burn...

Award-Winning Books by William Wharton

1980 National Book Award -- First Novel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

William Wharton has published 10 books.

William Wharton does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, Ever after, was published in June 1995.

The first book by William Wharton, Birdy, was published in December 1978.

No. William Wharton does not write books in series.