Maggie Shipstead is the author of two novels: Astonish Me, An Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Huffington Post “Books We’re Talking About,” and Seating Arrangements, a New York Times bestseller, finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and winner of both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, theWashington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2012, she was a National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. She lives in Los Angeles.
The Boston Globe called Astonish Me, “Bold and thrilling,” while The New Yorker said, “Shipstead rises to the challenge of evoking the excitement of dance, and her descriptions are all the more powerful for emphasizing the hard work behind the grace.”