Alena Graedon





Alena Graedon


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Alena Graedon was born in Durham, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Carolina Friends School, Brown University and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has worked at Columbia, Knopf, and the PEN American Centre.

The Word Exchange, her first novel, was completed with the help of fellowships at several artist colonies, including MacDowell, Ucross and Yaddo.

Translated into eight languages, it was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and a Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2014.

Her non-fiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Believer magazine and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Word Exchange

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“Why do you think people stopped reading? We read to connect with other minds. But why read when you're busy writing, describing the fine-grained flotsam of your own life. Compulsively recording every morsel you eat, that you're cold, or, I don't know, heartbroken by a football game. An endless stream flowing to an audience of everyone and no one.”
Alena Graedon, The Word Exchange

“Words, I've come to learn, are pulleys through time. Portals into other minds. Without words, what remains? Indecipherable customs. Strange rites. Blighted hearts. Without words, we're history's orphans. Our lives and thoughts erased”
Alena Graedon

“Words are living legends, swollen with significance. We string them together to make stories, but they themselves ARE stories, encapsulating rich, runny histories.”
Alena Graedon

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