Ellen Baker
Keeping the House by Maine writer Ellen Baker

Ellen Baker

Ellen Baker is the author of two critically acclaimed novels published by Random House: Keeping the House and I Gave My Heart to Know This. Keeping the House was awarded the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction by the Great Lakes Booksellers Association and was named one of the best books of 2007 by the Chicago Tribune. Both novels were bestsellers on the Heartland Indie list.

Reviewers have called Ellen’s novels “masterful” (Booklist), “sensitive” (Publisher’s Weekly), “vivid” (Chicago Tribune), and “artful” (Philadelphia Inquirer), while authors such as Richard Ford, Elizabeth Berg, and Jacquelyn Mitchard respectively called them “large in the best sense,” “rich… powerful and poignant,” and “beautifully made.”

After living most of her life in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Ellen fell in love with Maine on a 2010 visit and stayed. She loves to chat with book clubs via Skype or phone and visit libraries and colleges to talk about fiction writing. She lives in the midcoast, where she’s currently finishing revisions to her third novel, the story of a woman pilot in the 1910s–20s.