Elaine Beale

Elaine Beale is an award-winning writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her publications include the novel, Another Life Altogether, published by Spiegel & Grau (an imprint of Random House), and the mystery, Murder in the Castro.

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Another Life Altogether captivated me from the very first page. Dazzling in its authenticity and utterly absorbing, it is an uplifting story about adolescence, family, and finding one’s place in the world. With the character of Jesse Bennett, Elaine Beale manages to create hope and humor in an otherwise turbulent world. It is a rare, insightful, and gorgeously written novel.”  — Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

cover of Another Life Altogether by Elaine Beale“Elaine Beale is an extraordinary writer, and Another Life Altogether is heartbreaking and hilarious all at once, as only life can be.” — Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

Another Life Altogether was picked as the December Book of the Month by Circle of Respect, an initiative of the National Crime Prevention Council designed to prevent bullying. It was also a recommended read about LGBTQ issues for young adults by the American Library Association’s Rainbow Project, and was highlighted in Oprah Magazine.

“Beale has revealed a mature talent with a sharp eye for both the intricacies of the surface detail and the complexities of the inner life. In “Another Life Altogether,’’ Beale reminds us that writing, always potentially dangerous, also confers grace, and that with the power of the word, we all have the potential to become the heroines of our own lives.” — The Boston Globe  

 “Another Life Altogether is an extraordinary true-to-life book, and Beale tells a number of important and poignant stories all at once with great skill.” — Feminist Review

“One of the most satisfying aspects of Another Life Altogether is how well-executed the plot and climax are; the second half of the book… is fast-paced and engaging…. Ultimately, Another Life Altogether is about the power of speaking the truth… Beale handles these moments of truth-telling with grace and aplomb; that is the reason to read, and enjoy, Another Life Altogether.” —Lambda Literary

“There are a lot of truths in Beale’s fiction, and some are the aching, hard-won variety…. It’s a big book cresting at just over 400 pages, but Beale’s storytelling skill is remarkable, and this tale of the young and the restless flows effortlessly.” –Bay Area Reporter

Murder-In-The-CastroA murder mystery set in amid the famous Castro District of San Francisco in the 1990’s amid ACT-UP demonstrations, political corruption and anti-LGBT hate crimes.