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Comments Lynn Freed
"The Way Things Are Going"
2015 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It puts me in good company, and gives me hope.

(author photo © Mary Pitts Photographer)

Writing Tips

In Men in Dark Times, Hannah Arendt wrote, "Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." I don't think one can have a better goal than that.

About the Author

Lynn Freed's books include six novels, a collection of stories, and a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Narrative Magazine, Southwest Review, The Georgia Review, among others. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two O. Henry Awards, fellowships, grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Born in Durban, South Africa, she came to the U.S. as a graduate student, and now lives in northern California.

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