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Lauren Acampora

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Lauren Acampora is the author of The Wonder Garden, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic in May 2015. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College.

Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery
   The Paper Wasp (2019)
   The Hundred Waters (2022)
   The Wonder Garden (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Penny Saver (2015)
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