The Daily’s Book Club is thrilled to present our January Author of the Month: award-winning author, Samantha Hunt! Get ready to dive into her mysterious and captivating book, Mr. Splitfoot!


Author, essayist, playwright, printmaker. Samantha Hunt has basically done it all. The youngest of six children, she grew up in a creative household. With a painter for a mother and an editor for a father, this fostered her love for literature and art. As a young adult, she studied literature, printmaking, and geology, which culminated in her MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Hunt’s work has been featured in several well-known publications including The New Yorker, “New York Times Magazine”, the Village Voice, and New York Magazine. Additionally, some of her writing has been featured on the radio program, This American Life. Hunt also wrote a play titled The Difference Engine. It outlined the story of the father of the computer, Charles Babbage, and was produced by the Theater of the Two-Headed Calf to much acclaim.

Her first novel, The Seas, brought her into the limelight after she was selected for the 5 Under 35 National Book Foundation Program. But she didn’t stop there. The Invention of Everything Else was published in 2008, and told a fictionalized but fascinating perspective of the life of Nikola Tesla, who invented the radio. This book was shortlisted for an award from Believer magazine, as well as the Orange Prize. She was nominated and then won the Bard Fiction Prize for this novel in 2010. But her newest novel, Mr. Splitfoot, is already making waves.

Two stories interwoven into one, the story tells of two women that see hardships and manage to find a way to escape. These two stories, separated by decades, create an entrancing tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat that lures you deeper and deeper. Mr. Splitfoot is the perfect mystery for the winter – full of magic and shadows to keep you entertained while curled up in bed.

Join Spa Week’s Book Club! Last month we reviewed 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino.  . This month we’ll review Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt. 

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