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Rising literary star and Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award finalist Sarah Gerard uses her experiences growing up along Florida's gulf coast to illuminate the struggles of modern human survival - physical, emotional, environmental - through a collection of essays exploring intimacy, addiction, obsession, religion, homelessness, and incarceration. With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposal of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own break-out debut novel Binary Star, Sarah Gerard's Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to face. In the collection's title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world renowned bird refuge.

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Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star and the chapbook Things I Told My Mother. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine's 'The Cut,' the Paris Review Daily, Slice Magazine, Joyland, the Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB Magazine, Bookforum, and other journals. She is a graduate of The New School's MFA program for fiction. Learn more about her at sarah-gerard.com.

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