“A wonderful talent” Washington Post Book World

“A dexterous writer” New York Times Book Review

“Harleman trawls deep, treasure-filled waters”Boston Globe

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Ann Harleman is the author of the story collections Thoreau’s Laundry and Happiness, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award; and the novels The Year She Disappeared, and Bitter Lake.

Among her awards are Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, three Rhode Island State Arts Council grants, the Berlin Prize in Literature, the Iowa Short Fiction Award, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the O. Henry Award.

In an earlier life, Ann was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Princeton University, and she lived and worked behind the Iron Curtain. Now happily teaching fiction writing to visual artists, she is on the faculties of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.  She makes her home within sight of San Francisco Bay.