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Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of a new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, forthcoming in June, 2016 from Riverhead Books as well as the novel No One is Here Except All of Us (2012), and a collection of short stories A Guide to Being Born (2013).  Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, she has also been a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and long-listed for the Frank OConnor International Story Award and the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.  She holds an MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she won the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction and served as editor of Faultline Journal of Art & Literature. 

Ramona has taught and lectured at the University of California, Irvine, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Pitzer College and the University of California, Santa Barbara and served as a mentor for the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices program. She is a faculty member of the Low-Residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   A Guide to Being Born (2013)
   Awayland (2018)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Tributaries (2013)
Books containing stories by Ramona Ausubel
Real Unreal (2010)
Best American Fantasy Volume 3
(Best American Fantasy, book 3)
edited by
Kevin Brockmeier

Ramona Ausubel recommends
Hum (2024)
Helen Phillips
"Hum is something special. Helen Phillips is something really special. This novel is gripping and a true page-turner that made me think about our current world in completely new ways. Ultimately and most importantly, I closed the last page with a profound, deep love for the simple, beautiful and very human lives we lead."
Beautyland (2024)
Marie-Helene Bertino
"In Beautyland, Marie-Helene Bertino's Adina (maybe an alien, maybe a troubled human, always both) takes the tired old world and describes it so perfectly that we see it as if for the first time. Sparkling and alive, funny and magnificently true, this book woke me up. It made me weep with appreciation for the hard, strange, small-but-huge lives we lead. It made me fall back in love with this universe."
The Weeds (2023)
Katy Simpson Smith
"The Weeds is the story of secrets in plain sight-plants in the cracks of a monument, women's lives rooted in spaces that provide them no sunlight or water-but this novel is anything but quiet or secretive. It is explosive and prismatic. I will be recommending this novel to everyone forever."

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