Liese O'Halloran Schwarz grew up in Washington, DC after an early childhood overseas. She attended Harvard University and then medical school at University of Virginia. While in medical school, she won the Henfield/Transatlantic Review Prize and also published her first novel, Near Canaan.

She specialized in emergency medicine and like most doctors, she can thoroughly ruin dinner parties with tales of medical believe-it-or-not. But she won't do that, because she knows how hard you worked to make a nice meal.

The Possible World , published June 2018 from Scribner (US) and Hutchinson (UK), is her second novel.

She currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is at work on the next book.


Radio Interview (18:44)

"The State of Things" July 27, 2018
Novel The Possible World Considers Hidden Connections


The Guardian: Top 10 Books about Self-Reinvention

From Kate Atkinson to Margaret Atwood and Gail Honeyman, here are some of the best stories of radical renewal

My Book, the Movie

I dreamcast a What-If movie adaptation of The Possible World in this fun blog.

Writers Read

What was I reading in Summer 2018? Wouldn't you like to know.

The Page 69 Test

How does page 69 of The Possible World represent the book? Here's what I think.

METRO: All Roads Lead to The Rhode

A little piece on little Rhode Island, a place that is home to the world.

26: Features/The Possible World

Elena Bowes caught up with the doctor-turned-author to get an insight into her process, her inspiration, and her love of a good cuppa.