Goldhagen, Shari 1976-

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Goldhagen, Shari 1976-


Born 1976, in Cincinnati, OH. Education: Northwestern University, B.S.J.; Ohio State University, M.F.A.


Home—New York, NY. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Doubleday, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. E- mail—[email protected]


Ohio State University, Cincinnati, former writing teacher; Gotham Writers Workshop, New York, NY, writing teacher.


MacDowell Colony fellowship; Yaddo fellowship; Ohio Library Association fellowship.


Family and Other Accidents (novel), Doubleday (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including the National Enquirer, Life & Style, Celebrity Living Weekly, Indiana Review, Prism International, Beacon Street Review, and Ohioana.


Shari Goldhagen's first novel, Family and Other Accidents, is about two brothers, ages fifteen and twenty-five, who are forced to move in together and merge their vastly divergent lives after the death of their parents. Booklist critic Joanne Wilkinson called the book an "immensely assured first novel," and "an indelible portrait of the flawed but loving Reed brothers." A contributor for Kirkus Reviewsremarked, "Where the author excels is at the level of moral choice: Her characters struggle toward a sense of what it means to be an adult." In an interview for Publishers Weekly, Goldhagen discussed her experience with writing the book: "It was hard to realize when I was done. I kept working on the manuscript for six months after I finished. I kept thinking it needed other things."



Booklist, February 1, 2006, Joanne Wilkinson, review ofFamily and Other Accidents, p. 28.

Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2006, review of Familyand Other Accidents, p. 101.

Library Journal, February 1, 2006, Leann Restaino, review ofFamily and Other Accidents, p. 71.

Publishers Weekly, January 9, 2006, review of Familyand Other Accidents, p. 31.


Gotham Writers' Workshop Web site, (April 18, 2006), brief biography of Goldhagen.

Publishers Weekly Online, (January 23, 2006), Hilary Crist, "The Importance of First Impressions," promotional information on the author.

Shari Goldhagen Home Page, (April 18, 2006).