Karen E. Bender

Finalist, 2015 National Book Awards

Karen E. Bender is the author of the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Story, The Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Guenica, and other magazines. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and have won two Pushcart prizes. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, novelist Robert Anthony Siegel, and their two children.
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Refund: Stories

Refund book cover by Karen Bender, 2015
ISBN 978-1619026230 Counterpoint Press
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Karen E. Bender

Karen E. Bender is the author of the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in The New YorkerGrantaZoetropePloughsharesStoryThe Harvard Review, The Iowa ReviewGuenica, and other magazines. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Mystery Stories, and have won two Pushcart prizes. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, novelist Robert Anthony Siegel, and their two children.

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