The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen

The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen offers detailed analysis of the filmmakers' first seven feature films. Written for both fans and scholars, the book is an entertaining take on the Coens' unique brand of double vision.

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Same As It Never Was

What wouldn't you do to protect the people you love?  What secrets would you keep?
Hijacked from her happy life in the city to the wilds of exurban New Hampshire, Quinn Bard is in a tailspin. When she uncovers a dangerous conspiracy at her new school, played out right under the noses of teachers and parents, she enlists the help of her older sister and new friends. Together they have adventures more strange and thrilling than Quinn ever imagined possible in a small town. Can she manage her first crush (emerald green eyes plus brains) and expose the group's twisted mastermind before it's too late?
Praise for Same As It Never Was
"Adjusting to a new town becomes especially hard for a teen once she suspects a service club is up to something sinister in this YA mystery.... An entertaining tale aggrandized by an unshakable protagonist and the family she’s thankfully stuck with.”
Kirkus Reviews
Carolyn R. Russell sticks a perfect landing with her humorous mystery, Same as It Never Was. Quinn Bard, her smart, plucky protagonist, grants readers a close look into the messy life of a teen girl transplanted from Boston to a small New Hampshire town. The repartee in Quinn's intellectual family is delightful and the young characters are well-drawn and true-to-life as they go about their adventures. A must-read!
 —Edith Maxwell, Agatha- and Macavity-nominated author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and the Country-Store Mysteries
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Watch this space for the release date of REVERIE, a  YA dystopian thriller!

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About Carolyn R. Russell


Carolyn R. Russell's published works include The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen (nonfiction), Same As It Never Was (upper middle grade/young YA novel) and multiple essays in the Boston Globe, Wanderlust Journal, and Medusa's Laugh. Her short play Hopper has been produced twice. She holds an M.A. in Film Studies from Chapman University, and has taught on the college, high school, and middle school levels. Carolyn lives north of Boston with her husband and two children.


Find Carolyn R. Russell's Books

The Films of Joel and Ethan Coen can be found in bookstores or at Amazon.

Same As It Never Was can be ordered from this website, found in bookstores, or at Amazon: