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Joanna Hershon

Author and Educator

Joanna Hershon

Joanna Hershon is the author of four novels: Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride, and the most recent A Dual Inheritance (May 2013), which has been compared to the work of Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugnides, Anne Tyler and Tom Wolfe. Described as a big book "about American politics, social customs, and family dynamics that seeks to update and relocate the brilliantly compelling English nineteenth-century novel," it has received wide advance praise. In winter 2013, reaching back to her roots as an actor, she recorded the audio book edition of this novel.

Among the publications in which her writing has appeared: The New York Times, One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Berlin Stories (a multimedia journal for NPR Worldwide), the literary anthologies Freud's Blind Spot and >Brooklyn Was Mine and she was short-listed for the 2007 O.Henry Prize Stories.

Joanna has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Edward Albee Foundation, was a writer-in-residence at the Porter-Gaud school in Charleston, South Carolina. She did her undergraduate study in English Literature and Theater at the University of Michigan and earned her Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she has taught in the undergraduate program and continues to work as a thesis advisor to graduate students as well as being a thesis reader. Joanna grew up in New York and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the painter Derek Buckner, and their twin sons.

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Click here for our interview with Joanna Hershon, and read about the role of literature in her childhood.


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