“An incisive, warmhearted exploration of women’s roles in shaping society, the future, and each other.”


About Family Law


In the early ’80s, Lucia has carved out a reputation as a lawyer when a woman in a courtroom is a rarity. Rachel, a teenager, is fascinated by the possibilities Lucia represents. But a moment of violence brings their unconventional friendship to a crossroads. This is a look at the bonds we forge with women who aren’t our family, how we shape each other… and how we make a difference.

About Gin

Gin Phillips is the author of six novels, ranging from historical fiction to literary thriller to middle grade. Her work has been sold in 29 countries.

Gin’s debut novel, The Well and the Mine, won the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Her recent novel, Fierce Kingdom, was named one of the best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly, NPR, Amazon, and Kirkus Reviews. Her novels have been named as selections for Indie Next, Book of the Month, and the Junior Library Guild.

Born in Montgomery, Al., Gin graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in political journalism. She lives with her family in Birmingham, Al.


Praise for Gin's Books

“Phillips’ characters are exquisitely rendered…her prose is artful and evocative. Poignant and profound, this adrenaline- fueled thriller will shatter readers like a bullet through bone.”

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review,
Fierce Kingdom

“In language as spare and evocative as New Mexico’s landscape, author Gin Phillips shapes a love story that lingers in the imagination.”

USA Today 
on Come in and Cover Me 

“A terrifying book, but more importantly, a beautiful one.”

on Fierce Kingdom

“Gin Phillips writes with astounding clarity, abundant grace, and scything, clear-eyed love; this book is simply exceptional. ...The reading felt like revelation. Family Law is both raw and perfectly controlled. It is emotionally resonant and wholly absorbing. I loved it, and you will, too.”

—Joshilyn Jackson, 
New York Times bestselling novelist,  
on Family Law

“A powerhouse of a read that balances empathy and fear as it poses complex questions about human nature.”

Washington Independent Review of Books
on Fierce Kingdom

“Gin Phillips has a remarkable ear for dialogue and a tenderhearted eye for detail… A whisper runs through the novel—the ghost of places and people and luscious peach pies.”

Los Angeles Times
 on The Well and the Mine 

Middle Grade


A New Place to Find Books

I love http://Shepherd.com, which is all about authors recommending other authors. I made my own list of favorites–“The Best Novels On Women Who Love Their Job and Don’t Feel Guilty About It”–and it’s such a thrill to see Fierce Kingdom listed among other authors’ faves. It’s a fun concept–books grouped by similar ideas or vibes. You can check out what Amy Beashel and Victoria Westfield say about Fierce Kingdom here.

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