Employing “agile prose and clever observations” (New York Times Book Review), Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. A professor of creative writing at Rutgers-Camden, Grodstein is also the author of the short story collection The Best of Animals. Our Short History tells a poignant and witty story of parenthood and sacrifice.
Philadelphia area native Tom McAllister is the author of the memoir Bury Me in My Jersey: A Memoir of My Father, Football, and Philly. He is an English professor at Temple University, editor at Barrelhouse, and cohost of the podcast Book Fight!, and his stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015, among many other places. In The Young Widower’s Handbook, a bereaved husband carries his late wife’s ashes on a cross-country road trip replete with quirky characters and painful soul-searching.