Pastan’s most recent novel, Alena, was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and is a finalist for the New England Society Book Award in fiction.
Pastan’s most recent novel, Alena (Riverhead, 2014), was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and is a finalist for the New England Society Book Award in fiction. She is also the author of two other novels, Lady of the Snakes (Harcourt, 2008) and This Side of Married (Viking, 2004). Her short fiction has been published in The Georgia Review, The Threepenny Review, Mademoiselle, Prairie Schooner, and many other places. She has a BA in English from Harvard College and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Delaware Arts Council. In 2014 she edited Seven Writers (The Common Press), a chapbook of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry inspired by exhibitions organized at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where until recently she served as Editor-at-Large.