Hester Kaplan

is the author of UNRAVISHED, THE TELL,  THE EDGE OF MARRIAGE , winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and KINSHIP THEORY.

Her stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories series, Ploughshares, Agni Review, Southwest Review, Story, and Glimmer Train. Recent awards include the Salamander Fiction Prize, the McGinnis Ritchie Award for Non-Fiction, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Praise for The Edge of Marriage

“Like the tightly crafted stories of Raymond Carver and pre-postmodern [Flannery] O’Connor… Kaplan’s disquieting stories are a confluence of emotive narration, precisely placed dialogue, and shadowed imagery.

~ Austin Chronicle

“Kaplan writes with remarkable acuity about the psychological challenges faced by each of her vulnerable characters, drawing the reader into their struggles to deal with their past mistakes and their attempts to forge a more stable future. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy the psychologically complex work of Annie Proulx, or Stewart O’Nan.”

~ Booklist