Fiction. In this brilliantly rendered, LA Times Book Prize nominated debut collection (as well as Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award), Sara Lippmann draws the reader into the intimate lives of characters seeking connection beyond their scripted worlds. She captures the beguiling transformation from child to adult with humor, heartache, and desperation. From grieving mothers to fathers adrift, old flames to restless teens, isolated characters in DOLL PALACE are united by conflicting desires and the private struggles of the heart. A girl ditches her innocence at a state fair. Strippers ponder love over a Brazilian wax. A father falls for a drug-addled babysitter. A mother ends a pregnancy. DOLL PALACE dwells in the harder-edged territories of human compassion, navigating the powerful, often unsettling ground rarely spoken of with awareness, care, and grace. DOLL PALACE is that rare collection that invites imitation but leaves a vast majority wondering how she did it.
Sara Lippmann received a BA from Brown and an MFA from The New School. She has written for national magazines, taught college English, and currently co-hosts the Sunday Salon, a monthly reading series at Jimmy's 43 in New York's East Village. Her stories have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Joyland, Jewish Fiction, The Brooklyner, Slice Magazine, PANK and elsewhere, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and included in Wigleaf's Top 50. A former mentor for Girls Write Now and a recipient of a 2012 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts she lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA