Pasadena Festival of Women Authors 2021 Amity Gaige

Author of Sea Wife

Pasadena Festival of Women Authors 2021 Amity Gaige

Session Description

In February 2021, Amity Gaige, the author of Sea Wife, joined members of the Author Selection Committee and Grantees of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors to share her journey and answer questions about her writing process. Author bio and graphics included.

Amity Gaige


In Amity Gaige’s Sea Wife, a husband, his reluctant wife, and their small children embark on a year-long sea voyage in a boat they barely know how to sail. Trouble follows in a twist that will both thrill and confound the reader. A sophisticated page-turner, Sea Wife explores marital discord, parenthood, literary ambition, and politics. Sea Wife is told from the side-by-side perspective of both husband and wife, providing a riveting account of the same event.

 Sea Wife was named a New York Times Notable Book.

The author of three other novels, O My Darling, The Folded World, and Schroder, Gaige was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction. Gaige earned her BA from Brown and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The longtime Visiting Writer at Amherst College, she now teaches creative writing at Yale.

“Stunning…Amity [tows] you to tragedy with the graceful crawl of a poet and the motorboat intensity of a suspense author.”New York Times Book Review. “Profound and universal…Sea Wife achieves a lovely balance between the real and the metaphoric.”The Wall Street Journal.

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