Pamela Schoenewaldt


Pamela Schoenewaldt is the author of When We Were Strangers (William Morrow & Co, 2011), Swimming in the Moon (William Morrow & Co, 2013), and the forthcoming Under the Same Blue Sky (William Morrow & Co, 2015). Her richly textured historical novels delve into themes such as women’s work, immigration, family and community, vaudeville, reproductive rights, and the labor movement. The lyrical, affecting prose of When We Were Strangers garnered its recognition as a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick, and the novel has proved a favorite with book clubs and other reading groups.

Pamela lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples, Italy. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. Her play, “Espresso con mia madre” (Espresso with my mother) was performed at Teatro Cilea in Naples. She taught writing for the University of Maryland, European Division and the University of Tennessee and now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband, Maurizio Conti, a medical physicist, and their dog Jesse, a philosopher.