Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City. She is the author of four novels, An Empire of Women, The Bad Boy’s Wife, Don’t I Know You?, and The Celestials. Her short fiction has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, and Ploughshares, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in More, Self, USA Today, and the Boston Globe, among others. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she lives with her husband, novelist Jim Shepard, and their three children.
Karen Shepard’s characters vibrate with desire and disappointment, so obdurately individual that a whole world springs to life around them.
—Andrea Barrett, author of SHIP FEVER and THE AIR WE BREATHE
Virginia Woolf have the snares and scars of familial relationships been
rendered with such brilliance, sensitivity, and icy understatement.
—Ron Hansen, author of THE ASSASINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
excels in the rendering of dailiness, with lovely moments of linkage between