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Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novels Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and No One Is Here Except All of Us, winner of the PEN Center USA Fiction Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also the author of the story collection A Guide to Being Born, and has been published in The New Yorker, One Story, The Paris Review Daily, and Best American Fantasy.

Reviews

Praise for Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty "Weird and wonderful . . . Ausubel's writing, melancholy and fine, shines in illuminating everyday scenes of life. . . . Even the throwaway details are terrific." --The New York Times "Diffuse and elegiac." --The New Yorker "A timely, sophisticated tale [that] explores what happens when a charmed life loses its luster." --O, The Oprah Magazine "Empty bank accounts. Goods taken for granted now gone. A familial fall from grace. An end to stability. Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is this summer's much-raved about new release, and with good reason. Pick this up if you want an imaginative read with a dash of drama and some deep insight on wealth and class in America." --USA Today "If there's a novelist up to the task of charming a reader into submission, it's Ramona Ausubel, who writes heartfelt, quirky fiction with winsome prose." --Los Angeles Times "Ramona Ausubel's sparkling second novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, is packed with wisdoms . . . [this] glorious work will surely confirm her as a vibrant, memorable voice in contemporary American letters." --San Francisco Chronicle "Devilishly imaginative." --Vanity Fair "Ausubel charts the unfolding crisis with tenderness, wit and a sly understanding of wealth and its limitations." --People "Ausubel's often whimsical prose is in top form yet again as she imbues the story with her signature touch of magic. This one's just lovely." --Elle "A wealthy family loses, quite suddenly, its fortune. And with the money goes the decorum. What drama ensues is in the pleasure of reading Ausubel's lyrical prose." --Travel + Leisure Praise for A Guide to Being Born "Each story in this collection finds a way to record the tensions between the corporeal and the invisible, the forces that animate us but ultimately can't be dissected, our anti-anatomies. The dismay of coming to the final page is easily combated by following the example of Ausubel's characters and beginning all over again." --The New York Times Book Review "Aggressively imaginative." --The New York Times "These stories reminded me of branches full of cherry blossoms: fresh, delicate, beautiful, expressive, otherworldly. I eagerly read from one story to the next." --Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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