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Edan Lepucki

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Edan Lepucki is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Meridian, and FiveChapters, among other publications, and she is the winner of the 2009 James D. Phelan Award. She is a staff writer for The Millions and lives in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised.

She likes cooking, reading and filling out forms.

Genres: Science Fiction, Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
   Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019 (2019) (with 826 National)
Non fiction
Edan Lepucki recommends
The Art of Crash Landing (2015)
Melissa DeCarlo
"A sparkling, funny, and moving debut."
Touch (2017)
Courtney Maum
"Touch is at once wry and sincere, funny and serious, and you won't be able to put it down."
Gather the Daughters (2017)
Jennie Melamed
"In Gather the Daughters, girls and women face a world that is brutal, insidious, and unjust--and yet, hope and resilience persist. This is a lush, vivid and chilling novel. A remarkable debut."
Wonder Valley (2017)
Ivy Pochoda
"A vision of Southern California that is at once panoramic and intimate. . . . This novel paints an unforgettable portrait of people who long, above all else, for community and connection."
The Infinite Future (2018)
Tim Wirkus
"Brilliant, playful, and profound, The Infinite Future offers its readers stories within stories within stories, all of them thrilling and wise. Tim Wirkus has written a strange and beautiful magic trick of a book, and I was enthralled. I loved it."
The Rending and the Nest (2018)
Kaethe Schwehn
"Kaethe Schwehn is a remarkable talent with a vast and wild imagination."
Wonderblood (2018)
Julia Whicker
"Wonderblood is a richly imagined, otherworldly tale about the power--and danger--of faith and belief. I loved this book's beautiful prose and its startling, brutal, and poetic images; I loved its unique premise and masterful worldbuilding; I loved its complicated, passionate, and mesmerizing characters. Julia Whicker is a genius. This is a strange, daring, and masterful first novel."
Blown (2018)
Mark Haskell Smith
"I'm a big fan of Mark Haskell Smith's novels and Blown is his best yet: funny and frisky, with unforgettable characters and a surprising, twisty plot that willkeep you up way past your bedtime. Beyond all the fun and the ribald jokes is a wise portrayal of capitalism's dehumanizing effects. A terrific novel."
Invitation to a Bonfire (2018)
Adrienne Celt
"A sexy, brilliant and gripping novel about the fine line between passion and obsession."
Still Lives (2018)
Maria Hummel
"Still Lives offers its readers that delicious combination of entertainment and brilliance. It's at once profound and suspenseful, and while the plot kept me up nights (the ending had me gasping in surprise!), the book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women. Maria Hummel has written a remarkable, relevant, and necessary novel."
Rust & Stardust (2018)
T Greenwood
"A riveting and thoughtful exploration of how the dark secrets of a terrible crime affect and hurt so many?and how light and hope persist in the face of such horrors. Greenwood writes with such compassion and feeling, and she is such a confident, skillful storyteller, that you'll stay up late to find out the fates of her memorable, beautiful characters."
Kept Animals (2020)
Kate Milliken
"With precise and sensuous prose, so gorgeous it's gasp-inducing, Kept Animals tells an epic story of loss, identity, and that which binds—and unravels—a community. Milliken's unforgettable characters face dangers of all kinds, be it familial, romantic, or of the natural world. To experience, as a reader, this mysterious, mesmerizing, and menacing pocket of Southern California is a true pleasure and thrill. Kate Milliken has talent to burn. I love this novel."
The Knockout Queen (2020)
Rufi Thorpe
"The Knockout Queen is the best book I've read in months! Its one-of-a-kind narrator is funny, vulnerable, brilliant, and brimming with longing, and the story he tells distills the pain and beauty of a life-changing friendship like nothing else I've read before. This book's got guts and heart, and wisdom for days, and I could not put it down. Rufi Thorpe is one of the most exciting novelists working today. This novel is truly exceptional. I loved it."
The Brightest Place in the World (2020)
David Philip Mullins
"The Brightest Place in the World portrays how tragedy and grief upend us and turn us reckless. Mullins writes with grace, and with tenderness for his characters. Through his storytelling, a nuanced and intimate Las Vegas—a town full of both heartache and love—comes alive."
Everything Here Is Under Control (2020)
Emily Adrian
"I tore through Everything Here Is under Control in just a couple of days, compelled by its refreshingly honest portrayals of not only early motherhood but the kind of childhood friendship that shapes the rest of your life. Emily Adrian writes with such a keen and sensitive eye, and she's funny, and she is an astute observer of human behavior. I cheered when I got to the plot twist midway through, and, even now, I can't get this novel's characters out of my mind."
Santa Monica (2020)
Cassidy Lucas
"Santa Monica is one juicy read! Cassidy Lucas brings a rarified beach town to life with such verve and tenderness, and she isn't afraid to show its dark side, either. Compelling, sassy, and warmhearted, this book is a thrill."
Zero Zone (2020)
Scott O'Connor
"Zero Zone held me from the first page with its precise prose and willingness to interrogate deeply what art can and cannot do for us - and to us. Scott O'Connor has written a profound novel about the human search for transcendence and meaning in our often alienated and confusing lives - and it's full of suspense and mystery, with a gaze that's wonderfully cinematic. I can't stop thinking about it!"
U Up? (2021)
Catie Disabato
"What a terrific, frisky novel! U Up? . . . transcends genre, and is such fun to read. Disabato's writing is at once so smooth and sharp that you don't immediately realize it's cut you—and deeply. She is a remarkable talent."
In the Event of Contact (2021)
Ethel Rohan
"A remarkable collection of understated yet powerful stories about people who trespass, and are trespassed against. Rohan writes with such sensitivity and compassion, and long after I was done reading, I kept thinking about her characters and how uniquely she gave witness to their complicated lives and private pain."

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