Sarah Gerard

I think that literature aims to inspire a feeling. To build an emotional relationship around the character...I don’t think it’s important that a character is likeable or unlikeable. You can come to like someone you would never like in real life, in the form of a character, because you’re getting inside the psychology. As long as they’re interesting and keep the reader reading.

New York Times Critics Pick

LA Times First Fiction Finalist

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These large-hearted, meticulous essays offer an uncanny x-ray of our national psyche...Gerard’s prose is lacerating and compassionate at once, showing us both the grand beauty of our American dreams and the heartbreaking devastation they wreak.
— Garth Greenwell
Rolling Stone

Sarah Gerard is the author of the critically acclaimed essay collection Sunshine State (HarperCollins 2017), which was singled out by the Paris Review, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed and others as one of the most anticipated books of 2017. Writing in the New York Times, Dwight Garner observed, “One of the themes of ‘Sunshine State,’ Sarah Gerard’s striking book of essays, is how Florida can unmoor you and make you reach for shoddy, off-the-shelf solutions to your psychic unease…. The first essay is a knockout, a lurid red heart wrapped in barbed wire.... This essay draws blood.”  Her first novel Binary Star, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize and was selected by NPR, Vanity Fair, and Buzzfeed as one of the best books of the year. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies.

In additional to her fiction, essays, and journalism, Gerard is an accomplished visual artist. Her paper collages have appeared in Hazlitt, BOMB Magazine, the Blue Earth Review, and Racquet & Tax, and have shown at Bushel Collective and PlatteForum. She’s been awarded fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, Ucross, and Pocoapoco. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.



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