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Cara Hoffman

USA flag (b.1969)

CARA HOFFMAN is the author of the critically acclaimed novel So Much Pretty.

Hoffman grew up in upstate New York, part of Northern Appalachia. She dropped out of high school to work full time, took her savings, bought a one way ticket to London and spent the next three years travelling and working under the table jobs in Europe and the Middle East.

In the 90s, she returned to the United States, had a baby and found a job delivering newspapers which eventually led to full time work as a staff reporter. She covered New York States rural and Rust Belt communities for over a decade, reporting on environmental issues, politics and crime.

Hoffman is the recipient of a number of awards, including a New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowship for her work on the aesthetics of violence. She has been a visiting writer at St. John's, Columbia and Oxford Universities.
She currently lives in Manhattan, teaches at Bronx Community College, and sings with the St. George Choral Society.

Her second novel Be Safe I Love You, about war, family and holy minimalism will be published by Simon and Schuster in April.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Children's Fiction, Mystery
   Nike (2004)
   So Much Pretty (2011)
   Be Safe I Love You (2014)
   Running (2017)
   Bernard Pepperlin (2019)
   The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield (2020)
   The Wedding (2005)
   Ruin (2022)
Books containing stories by Cara Hoffman
Kink (2021)
edited by
Garth Greenwell and R O Kwon

Award nominations
2012 John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger (longlist) : So Much Pretty

Cara Hoffman recommends
The Road to Dalton (2023)
Shannon Bowring
"A gentle and poignant portrait of small-town life in Maine--and of the spoken and unspoken truths that make a community. The Road to Dalton celebrates the better angels of our nature; a story of hope and family from a fresh new voice."
This Rancid Mill (2023)
(Alex Damage, book 1)
Kyle Decker
"Hilarious, hardboiled, and full of heart. Decker's a genius."
Scorpionfish (2020)
Natalie Bakopoulos
"Scorpionfish is transporting, a finely tuned story about art and friendship and the weight of history. Against the backdrop of the Greek economic crisis, Natalie Bakopoulos depicts Athens and island life with grace and accuracy, telling a story of return at once deeply personal and universal. A moving novel with an unexpected undertow."

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