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Published: February 2007

Barbara Delinsky is a woman of many names and careers. Born in Newton as Barbara Greenberg, Delinsky earned a graduate degree in sociology from Boston College, conducted research for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and was a photographer for a local newspaper. Delinsky says “by fluke” she read a newspaper feature about female novelists and was inspired to give it a try, writing at first under the pen names Billie Douglass and Bonnie Drake. Her first novel appeared in 1981. By the mid-1990s her books regularly made the best-sellers list. As her paperback novels became richer and more complex, she won respect from mainstream critics. Millions now read her books, which she describes as “character-driven studies of marriage, parenthood, sibling rivalry, and friendship.”

Among her 16 best-sellers is the nonfiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors (Atria, 2001), which deals with her experiences with two bouts of breast cancer and conversations with others who have faced the disease.

This feature was posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 and is filed under Research.