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Jamie Quatro

Jamie Quatro's debut novel, Fire Sermon, was just published in 2018 with Grove Press in the U.S., Picador in the U.K., and Anansi International in Canada. The novel is an Indie Next pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. In the U.K. the novel is a “Foyles Five” title, as well as one of W.H. Smith's 2018 Fresh Talent picks. Fire Sermon is forthcoming in translation in The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Poland.  Her story collection, I Want To Show You More, won remarkable acclaim: it was a New York Times Notable Book, an NPR Best Book of 2013, an Indie Next pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. The critic James Wood, notoriously hard to please, named it a Favorite Book of the Year in The New Yorker and said this about it: “Passionate, sensuous, savagely intense, and remarkable, [Quatro’s work] moves between carnality and spirit like some . . . modernized Flannery O’Connor.”  Jamie Quatro has also published critical essays and reviews—about Flannery O’Connor, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, and Dennis Johnson, among others—in Oxford American, Tin House, and New York Times Book Review. Quatro’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, VICE, The New York Times Book Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She guest-edited, and introduced, Oxford American’s recent Fiction Issue.  A graduate of Pepperdine University, she earned an MA in English at William and Mary and had begun a PhD at Princeton before turning her attention to fiction.  Her MFA was earned at Bennington College. photo ©Gordon Hight