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Meredith Walters

June 25, 2024
Top image: book cover of "This Animal Body." The cover features a silhouette of a wolf against a purple and blue abstract background. Bottom image: Meredith smiles wearing sleeveless dress and stands outdoors with a scenic, blurred natural landscape in the background.

Meredith Walters ’01 just had her debut novel published by SparkPress. The story is based in part on Meredith’s experience at Cal and centers on UC Berkeley grad student Frankie Conner, who after multiple failures and several false starts, has finally found her calling: become a neuroscientist, discover the cause of her depression and anxiety, and hopefully find a cure for herself and everyone like her. But her first day of the program, Frankie meets a mysterious group of talking animals who know things she doesn’t, like scientific facts and what happened in the years before her adoption. This Animal Body follows Frankie as she risks her career, her goals, and her mental health to uncover the truth about these animals and the urgent, life-changing message they claim to have but refuse to share. Meredith’s writing can also be found in Eden Magazine, Tiny Buddha, elephant journal, and at

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