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Mona Simpson

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Mona Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then moved to Los Angeles as a young teenager. Her father was a recent immigrant from Syria and her mother was the daughter of a mink farmer and the first person in her family to attend college. Simpson went to Berkeley, where she studied poetry. She worked as a journalist before moving to New York to attend Columbia’s MFA program. During graduate school, she published her first short stories in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review and Mademoiselle. She stayed in New York and worked as an editor at The Paris Review for five years while finishing her first novel, Anywhere But Here. After that, she wrote The Lost Father, A Regular Guy and Off Keck Road.

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Average rating: 3.49 · 9,062 ratings · 1,255 reviews · 22 distinct worksSimilar authors
Anywhere But Here

3.55 avg rating — 2,414 ratings — published 1986 — 29 editions
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Casebook

3.29 avg rating — 2,138 ratings — published 2014 — 16 editions
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My Hollywood

3.07 avg rating — 1,355 ratings — published 2010 — 13 editions
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The Lost Father

3.27 avg rating — 329 ratings — published 1992 — 15 editions
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A Regular Guy

3.17 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 1996 — 16 editions
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Off Keck Road

3.13 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 2000 — 19 editions
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Lawns

3.82 avg rating — 17 ratings
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You Leave Them

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Steps

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“I knew I would hate my best memory because it would prove that people could fake love or that love could end or worst of all, love was not powerful enough to change a life.”
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“And even if you hate her, can't stand her, even if she's ruining your life, there's something about her, some romance, some power. She's absolutely herself. No matter how hard you try, you'll never get to her. And when she dies, the world will be flat, too simple, reasonable, fair.”
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