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Joyce Carol Oates
is the author most recently of the memoir
A Widow's Story
and the story collection
. She is Professor of the Arts at Princeton University and has been a member, since 1978, of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Judith Hillman Paterson
is a graduate of Hollins College and Auburn University. She is the author of four books, including her critically acclaimed childhood memoir,
Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering
(FSG/Univ. of Alabama Press). Her essays and book reviews have appeared in
Village Voice
, the
New York Times,
the Baltimore
Evening Sun,
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
, and the
Washington Post
. She is working on a historical novel set in Alabama, from the coming of cotton through the civil rights movement. She lives and writes beside a lake in North Carolina.

Marge Piercy
) is the author of seventeen novels, most recently
Sex Wars,
and of eighteen volumes of poetry, most recently
e Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems 1980 – 2010
( Knop
). She has written two nonfiction books and a memoir,
Sleeping with Cats
(HarperCollins Perennial). A CD of political poetry is available online—
Louder: We Can't Hear You (Yet!).
Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at well over four hundred venues.

Abigail Pogrebin
, a former
60 Minutes
producer, is the author of
Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish
One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I've Learned About Everyone's Struggle to Be Singular.
Her best-selling Amazon Kindle Single, “Showstopper,” chronicles her teenage adventures in the original Broadway cast of a Stephen Sondheim flop,
Merrily We Roll Along
. She has written for numerous publications including
New York Magazine
Harper's Bazaar,
Daily Beast,
and the
Huffington Post,
and she moderates the interview series “What Everyone's Talking About” at
e JCC in Manhattan. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Katha Pollitt
is a poet, essayist, and columnist for the
She is the author of six books, most recently
Learning to Drive,
a collection of personal essays, and
e Mind-Body Problem,
a collection of poems. She has won many awards and prizes for her work, including Guggenheim and Whiting fellowships, two National Magazine Awards, a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, and an American Book Award for lifetime achievement. She lives in New York City with her husband, Steven Lukes, and is the mother of Sophie Pollitt-Cohen.

Luanne Rice
is the author of thirty novels, including
Little Night
(Viking/Pamela Dorman Books). Five of her books have been made into movies and miniseries, twenty-two have been consecutive
New York Times
best sellers, and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theater productions. She divides her time between New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Roxana Robinson
is most recently the author of the novel
which was named one of the five best fiction books of 2008 by the
Washington Post,
and won the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Award for Fiction. She is also the author of the novels
is Is My Daughter,
Summer Light;
three story collections; and the biography
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life
. Four of these were
New York Times
Notable Books. Robinson's work has appeared in the
New Yorker,
Atlantic, Harper's, Best American Short Stories,
and elsewhere. She was named a Literary Lion by the New York Public Library, and has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in New York City.

Elissa Schappell
is the author of two books of fiction, most recently
Blueprints for Building Better Girls,
Use Me,
which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, a
New York Times
Notable Book and a
Los Angeles Times
Best Book of the Year, and she is coeditor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies of essays,
e Friend Who Got Away
Money Changes Everything.
She is currently a contributing editor at
Vanity Fair,
a founding editor and now editor at large of
Tin House,
and a former senior editor of the
Paris Review
. Her short stories, nonfiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared in such places as the
Paris Review,
New York Times Book Review, Bomb, Vogue, Spin,
One Story,
and anthologies, including
e KGB Bar Reader,
e Bitch in the House,
Sex and Sensibility,
e Mrs. Dalloway Reader.
She currently teaches at NYU and the Low-Residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Lisa See
is the author of several
New York Times
best sellers, including
Dreams of Joy,
Shanghai Girls,
Peony in Love,
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
Her novels have been published in thirty-nine languages. Her next novel,
China Dolls,
will be published by Random House in the spring of 2013.

Charlotte Silver
is the author of the best seller
Charlotte au Chocolat: Memories of a Restaurant Girlhood
. Her second book, a young adult novel called
e Chaperone,
is forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press. She grew up in Harvard Square before attending Bennington College. She studied writing at
e Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and has been published in the
New York Times.
She lives in New York.

Susan Stamberg
is a founding mother of National Public Radio, and the first woman to anchor a nightly national network news program (NPR's
ings Considere
). A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is author of two books, and editor of a third. Her mother was Anne Rosalind Rosenberg Levitt. Her husband was Louis Collins Stamberg.
eir son is the actor Josh Stamberg.

Emma Straub
is the author of
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
Other People We Married
. Her fiction and essays have appeared in
Tin House, Slate,
Paris Review Daily, Cousin Corrine's Reminder,
and many other journals. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York, which is only a forty-five-minute subway ride away from her mother. More information can be found at

Cheryl Pearl Sucher
is an award-winning American journalist, essayist, reviewer, and fiction writer who lives with her Kiwi husband in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Her first novel,
e Rescue of Memory,
was published by Scribner in hardcover and as a Berkley Signature Series paperback. Her writing has recently appeared in the
Bellevue Literary Review,
Southwest Review,
Huffington Post.
“Ka Hau E Wha:
e Southernmost Jewish Community in the World,” her contribution to the forthcoming
Jewish Lives in New Zealand,
was published by Random House New Zealand in March 2012. She is currently completing her second novel,
Lost Cities.

Published by

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Post Office Box 2225

Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27515-2225

a division of

Workman Publishing

225 Varick Street

New York, New York 10014

© 2013 by Elizabeth Benedict. All rights reserved.

Printed in the United States of America.

ISBN 978-1-61620-268-2

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