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Lisa Gornick

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Lisa Gornick has been hailed by NPR as “one of the most perceptive, compassionate writers of fiction in America…immensely talented and brave.” She is the author of 4 novels: TINDERBOX, LOUISA MEETS BEAR, and THE PEACOCK FEAST—all published by Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Picador; and A PRIVATE SORCERY, published by Algonquin. Her stories and essays have appeared widely, including in The New York Times, Prairie Schooner, Real Simple, Salon, Slate, and The Sun. She holds a B.A. from Princeton and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale, and is on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. A longtime New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her family.

Early Praise for The Peacock Feast!

“The Best New Books Coming Out Winter 2019”
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“Sophisticated Reads: Fiction Previews, Feb. 2019”
—Library Journal

“Delicately weaving Grace’s present with Prudence’s past, acclaimed novelist Gornick spins an appealing and enthralling family saga.”
–Carol Haggas, Booklist

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Average rating: 3.56 · 1,678 ratings · 281 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
Louisa Meets Bear

3.65 avg rating — 650 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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3.29 avg rating — 514 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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The Peacock Feast

3.72 avg rating — 462 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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A Private Sorcery

3.75 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 2002 — 3 editions
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“There was an inscription at the end in Latin. It’s translated in one of the guidebooks: What you are, we used to be. What we are, you will be. What do you think they meant?” Janey looked confused, torn, Ilana was sure, between her wish to have her mother explain and not wanting to admit her incomprehension to her sister. “It’s obvious,” Sarah said. “The bones were once people. Someday we’ll be just bones.” “I knew that.” “Liar,”
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“I’ve lost not only my vanity but my feeling of mind-body identity, so that I no longer believe, as you did about me, that elegance of form is elegance of being. I do my best to keep the numbers on the scale where I want them and my skin and hair well tended, but my body is now essentially the vehicle for carting around what I think of as my self. Not”
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