Biography

Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novels RUNNING, SO MUCH PRETTY and BE SAFE I LOVE YOU. She has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, Salon and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize nomination, and a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. 

Originally from Northern Appalachia, Hoffman dropped out of high school and spent the next three years travelling and working in Europe and the Middle East. She did not go to college, became a newspaper reporter covering crime and environmental politics, and later attended graduate school at Goddard College, selling her first novel, SO MUCH PRETTY, before receiving an MFA in 2009. 

She has been a visiting writer at Columbia, St. John’s and University of Oxford. And currently teaches in the Stonecoast low residency MFA program at at the University of Southern Maine.

She lives in Manhattan with Marc Lepson. 

Cara Hoffman

Books by Cara Hoffman

by Cara Hoffman - Fiction

RUNNING brings together an ensemble of outsiders who get by as “runners” --- hustlers who sell tourists on low-end accommodations for a small commission and a place to stay. Bridey Sullivan, a young American woman who has fled a peculiar and traumatic upbringing, takes up with a queer British couple, the poet Milo Rollack and Eton dropout Jasper Lethe. Slipping in and out of homelessness, addiction and under-the-table jobs, they create their own kind of family as they struggle to survive. Jasper’s madness and consequent death frame a narrative of emotional intensity. In its midst, this trio become linked to an act of terrorism. The group then splinters, taking us from Athens to the cliffs of the Mediterranean, and to modern-day New York.

by Cara Hoffman - Fiction

Lauren Clay has returned from a tour of duty in Iraq just in time to spend the holidays with her family. Joining the army allowed Lauren to continue to provide for her family, but it came at a great cost. When she arrives home unexpectedly, it’s clear to everyone in their rural New York town that something is wrong. But her father is so happy to have her home that he ignores her odd behavior and the repeated phone calls from an army psychologist.