Taylor Larsen Publishes First Novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved

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Taylor Larsen ’06 recently released her first novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
In the novel, Larsen explores suburban malaise and the slow crumbling of the modern nuclear family. In what has been described by Karen Russell ‘06, fellow Writing Program alumna and author of Swamplandia!, as a “mesmerizing, unsparing exploration of one man’s descent” Larsen’s protagonist, Michael, slowly tries to disentangle from his life by replacing himself with the kinder and more worthy man he thinks his wife, Nancy, should have married, while also managing the teenage turmoil of the couple’s daughter.

Russell has compared Larsen’s prose to that of Raymond Carver, Haruki Murakami, and Carson McCullers, calling the book “a wonderful debut.” Publisher’s Weekly noted of the book, “Larsen makes her elements fresh with the quiet authority of her prose and the ease with which she transitions from the perspective of one main character to another.”

Larsen is a graduate of both Columbia’s School of General Studies and the School of the Arts, where she concentrated in Fiction. She has taught at Columbia through the Columbia Artist/Teachers program, at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and at Pace University. She is originally from Alexandria, VA, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Larsen will appear at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 11 with other Sackett Street Writers through Cobble Hill’s independent bookstore BookCourt. Stranger, Father, Beloved is now available for purchase.

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