2017 & 2020 Author
Rufi Thorpe grew up in Southern California, whose people, coast lines and real estate listings continue to obsess her. After graduating from Eugene Lang College, she spent some time as a waitress at a poorly run French café before she was accepted as a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia’s MFA program. Years of incredibly depressing waitressing followed before she sold her first novel, The Girls from Corona del Mar, long-listed for the Dylan Thomas and Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Thorpe’s latest novel, The Knockout Queen, was an Indie Next Pick and a Book of the Month, published in April 2020. She lives with her husband, two sons and insane dog in Los Angeles.