We're pleased to welcome Sara Schaff to our At Home with Literati series of virtual events, in support of The Invention of Love. She'll be in conversation with University of Michigan lecturer and writer Greg Schutz.
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About the book: What is love if not an invention-not just human instinct but artful construction? The women who people The Invention of Love, Sara Schaff's second story collection, long to conceive of themselves as artists, as lovers, as good sisters and daughters-while contending with financial insecurity and the reality of twenty-first century womanhood. A college student finds her voice as an artist through a tiny lie. A woman grieves her mother's death by shopping for houses she can't afford and will never live in. Against the backdrop of the 2016 election, a copywriter contends with misogyny in the workplace by using that very misogyny against her incompetent male boss. Nostalgic for the women they were or might have been-or still might yet become-their stories illuminate the moments where everything changes-even when what changes is how we must see our futures.
Sara Schaff is the author of a previous collection of stories, Say Something Nice About Me (Augury Books 2016), a CLMP Firecracker Award Finalist in fiction and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for short fiction. Her writing has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Gay Magazine, The Missouri Review (BLAST), Yale Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, LitHub, and elsewhere. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at the University
of Michigan, Sara has taught at Oberlin College, the University of Michigan, and St. Lawrence University, as well as in China, Colombia, and Northern Ireland, where she also studied storytelling. Sara lives in the North Country of New York State with her husband, the poet Benjamin Landry, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Greg Schutz holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. His stories have appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, the Alaska Quarterly Review, and New Stories from the Midwest and have been named among the distinguished stories of the year by both Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories.