ZZ PACKER is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and was selected for the New Yorker's summer fiction debut issue in 2002. A graduate of Yale she has been a Wallace Stegner-Truman Capote fellow at Stanford University, where she is currently a Jones lecturer. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Z Z Packer recommends
War by Candlelight (2005)
"Reader beware: each of the slim tales in War by Candlelight starts off innocently enough, but invariably explodes with the fatal power of a grenade or the sudden, magnificent blossoming of a flower. Daniel Alarcón is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze."
The Cellist of Sarajevo (2008)
"I cannot imagine a lovelier, more beautifully wrought book about the depravity of war as The Cellist of Sarajevo. Each chapter is a brief glimpse at yet another aspect of the mind, the heart, the soul - altogether Galloway gives us fine, deep notes of human music which will remain long after the final page."
Searching for Tina Turner (2010)
Jacqueline Luckett and Jacqueline E Luckett
"A fierce, beautiful tour de force... a heroine for the ages... Luckett is a writer to watch and admire."
Shake Down the Stars (2013)
"Swindle writes with unflagging compassion and irresistible humor."