Sarah Perry '13 Wins Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award

May 2, 2018

Headshot of Sarah PerryThe Publishing Triangle announced Sarah Perry '13 as the winner of the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award for her memoir, After the Eclipse: A Mother's Murder, a Daughter's Search.


In the book, published last year by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Perry examines her mother's life and the small working-class town in Maine in which they lived. Perry's mother was murdered in their home when Perry was 12 years old, and it took investigators over a decade to find her murderer.


The memoir has been praised in outlets such as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, W Magazine, NYLON and Bustle.


After the Eclipse book coverThe Times' review reported that the book "pulls the reader swiftly along on parallel tracks of mystery and elegy. Perry’s scrupulous research and painstaking rendering of her experiences make her a trustworthy guide through such emotionally charged terrain."


Back in September, at the book's launch, Columbia Professor and Pulitzer prize-winner Margo Jefferson, called the book a “tender elegy.”Stating that, “Perry writes with unerring power and hard-won wisdom.”


The 30th annual Triangle Awards honors the best LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in 2017, as well as the year’s best trans and gender-variant literature. The awards were presented on April 26 at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School.