Susan Scarf Merrell



Susan Scarf Merrell is the author of Shirley: A Novel, which is soon to be major motion picture starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg. Other books are the novel A Member of the Family, and The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships. She directs the Southampton Writers Conference, is program director (along with Meg Wolitzer) of the novel-editing program, BookEnds, and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She served as fiction editor of TSR: The Southampton Review. Essays, book reviews and short fiction appear most recently in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online, The Washington Post, and East Magazine. ...more

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Shirley

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“I knew myself a heroine. No better way to clean a stranger’s hairs from a sink basin than to imagine oneself a poetic figure burdened by an unraveling story—”
Susan Scarf Merrell, Shirley

“Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long.”
Susan Scarf Merrell

“My own family wasn’t dirt poor. Nothing so romantic. We were city poor, meaning that I was invisible every single day of my young life. Invisible on the street, in school, at home. Invisible, except when creditors came looking for my parents: Mr.”
Susan Scarf Merrell, Shirley

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