Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer

Julia Keller

Everything you think you know about quitting is wrong. Grit is bad, not good. And giving up can be your golden ticket.

Combining the latest neuroscientific research with the captivating stories of real people who changed paths and dramatically improved their lives, this book is for anyone who’s been afraid of the “quitter” label - and stayed stuck.

Coming in April 2023.

Author of both nonfiction and fiction books, in genres ranging from mysteries to science fiction to stories for young adults, Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Ohio State University, and has taught at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame. Among her awards is the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

She was the chief book critic and a staff writer at The Chicago Tribune for many years, before leaving the world of daily journalism to write books. Her critically acclaimed mystery series, set in her home state of West Virginia, features prosecutor Belfa Elkins. New York Times bestselling novelist Michael Connelly calls Elkins "one of the most fully realized characters in fiction today."


--Scott Turow

"Gritty, literate"

--Kirkus Reviews


--Barnes and Noble


--Mystery Scene



"A joy to read"

--Kirkus Reviews


--Library Journal



Julia also writes a science-fiction series set in the 23rd century called The Dark Intercept.

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