Lauren Belfer

Lauren Belfer

Lauren Belfer’s most recent novel, AND AFTER THE FIRE, received the inaugural Book Club Award of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards. Her next novel, ASHTON HALL, will be published on June 7, 2022. Lauren's debut novel, CITY OF LIGHT, was a New York Times bestseller as well as a New York Times Notable Book. CITY OF LIGHT was also a bestseller in Great Britain, and it has been translated into six languages. Her second novel, A FIERCE RADIANCE, was named a Washington Post Best Novel, an NPR Best Mystery, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. In a four-star review, USA Today said that Belfer's third novel, AND AFTER THE FIRE, “swells with life’s great themes — love and death, family and faith — and the insistent, dark music of loss.” Lauren grew up in Buffalo, New York, and she decided to become a writer when she was six years old. By the time she was in high school, her literary work was receiving rejection letters from all the best publications. After graduating from college, she worked as a file clerk at an art gallery, a paralegal at a law firm, an assistant photo editor at a newspaper, a fact checker at magazines, and as a researcher and associate producer on documentary films. Her first published short story was rejected forty-two times before it found an editor who loved it. Her second published story was rejected only twenty-seven times. She has an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and she lives in New York City. To learn more about Lauren and her work, visit her website:
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