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Maggie Shipstead

Biography

Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead is the author of SEATING ARRANGEMENTS, which won the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The New Republic, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories. "La Moretta," a story published in VQR, was a National Magazine Award finalist.

Her second novel, ASTONISH ME, released in April 2014.

Maggie Shipstead

Books by Maggie Shipstead

by Maggie Shipstead - Fiction

Joan Joyce is a young ballerina whose claim to fame is her role in helping a Nureyev-like dancer defect from the Soviet Union. Ultimately she chooses family over fouettés but, in a bittersweet, Turning Point-style twist, sees her son accede to the stellar career she never had.

by Maggie Shipstead - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Women's Interest

The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to the impeccably appropriate Greyson Duff. The weekend is full of champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust stir beneath the surface. When old resentments, a beached whale and an escaped lobster are added to the mix, the wedding that should have gone off with military precision threatens to become a spectacle of misbehavior.