Julie Orringer is making a splash with her breakthrough short story collection How to Breathe Underwater. Fellow author Ann Packer called it "the debut of an exceptionally gifted writer," and our Editors agree -- naming it as a finalist in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers award program.
Julie Orringer is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Cornell University, and was a Stegner Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Zoetrope: All-Story.
Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.
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In our interview, Orringer shared some fun facts with us:
"My first exposure to writing came when I was three years old, when my father sat down with me and made me a little book out of tiny pieces of paper he'd stapled together. He was the one who taught me that a book was not just something you could read, but something you could create. Soon I began composing the stories with him. Some of our early titles were The Bowling Party, The Very Tiny Owl, The New Baby, and The Time We Went to Hollywood."
"Here are some of the jobs I had in San Francisco after I first moved here when I was 23: fertility clinic receptionist, fabric warehouse assistant, fax/copy clerk at the Park 55 hotel, office concierge at a creative consulting firm, consultant at same creative consulting firm, part-time calligrapher. Jobs I applied for in San Francisco but didn't get: greeting card writer, web site content writer, waiter, elementary school teacher, book salesperson."