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BookLife Prize - 2021

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10

Originality: 10 out of 10

Prose: 10 out of 10

Character/Execution: 10 out of 10

Overall: 10.00 out of 10

An engrossing storyline that sucks in the reader as Brenda's world collapses around her. Fast-paced and set amid drama of the OJ Simpson scandal, this work combines a great plot with strong, likeable characters, and insightful dialogue. Read more here.


The San Francisco Book Review called "The Lockhart Women" a gripping, sometimes funny, novel that will keep you turning the pages. Read the entire review here.

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Story Circle Network said, "Each of the Lockhart women is caught in her own desperate search for a definition of women’s roles in the mid-nineties...The author has a knack for presenting the challenges and triumphs facing American working-class families." Read full review here

"The Lockhart Women"was featured in Hollywood Reporter's "Rights Available" column, "a snapshot of notable new or upcoming titles that have appeal for studios (and have been shopped)." Read the article here.

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John Busbee from The Culture Buzz says The Lockhart Women is “a marvelous dash of 1990s pop culture that vibrates with an intensity that reaches deep into the reader's heart, keeping them quickly turning its pages until the final, satisfying word. Listen to our chat here

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"Between OC and OJ, the Lives of 'The Lockhart Women' Delight in Debut Novel" by Gabriel San Roman, "Off The Page Series" Read full article here.


Women Fiction Writers Association and Booktrib included The Lockhart Women in their "Phoenix Listicle" celebrating "Inner strength, individual resilience, courage, and the determination to overcome trauma, tragedy, abuse, illness and near-death experiences, or perhaps even the first steps towards independence after divorce."

Read full article here.

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Southern California News Group

OC Register Summer Reads 2021

Author! Author! What's it like to be a first time published writer

by Siel Ju.

“I’m still waiting for Reese Witherspoon to call me,” Camarillo says."

Read interview here.


Irvine Valley College News, Irvine, California

 Local Author Found Her Wings at IVC 

"Camarillo has a long history with publication, including in IVC’s own "The Ear" literary journal." Read interview here.

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Mary Camarillo, author of the debut novel, The Lockhart Women, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the challenges of being a debut novelist, why her novel is set during the OJ Simpson trial, and more.  Download audio.  (Broadcast date: June 16, 2021)

Peter Gerrard, writer, journalist, bicycle enthusiast, and photographer has an unique connection to the helicopters that followed the Simpson chase. Watch a replay of his conversation with Mary Camarillo here

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Mary Volmer, novelist, teacher, athlete, and creator

of the Alta Mesa Center for the Arts

in conversation with Mary Camarillo.

Watch the replay here

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Writer, teacher, community activist

and Libro Mobile owner

Sarah Rafael Garcia

interviews Mary Camarillo to

celebrate the launch

of "The Lockhart Women"

at The Bookman in Orange, California.

Click here to watch replay.

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Book Club wrangler, community activist and Bel Canto Bookstore owner

Jhoanna Belfer

chats with Mary Camarillo about

The Lockhart Women.

Click here to watch replay.


Named a “2021 Debut You Should Add to Your TBR Pile” by Frolic

Listed on "2021 Your Summer Bucket List" by Frolic

Listed on "2021 Under the Radar Selected June Reads for You" by Frolic

Listed on "2021 Most Anticipated 2021 Summer Fiction" by SheReads

Named a "Best New Book to Read in Summer 2021" by SheKnows

Named "Book to Read Based on Shows You Binge Watch" by

Listed on "Frolic's Under the Radar Books for June 2021" 

Listed as one of "15 New Books to Read on Vacation" by Brit and Co