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Linda Morganstein's Biography

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St. Paul, MN
Jul 2008

I am an overeducated writer of fiction who also happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. My family survived emotional upheavals, mostly self-created, through story-telling and jokes. I am not a big joke teller, but I can absorb one instantly and then tell it to anyone—with embellishments my Aunt Kyra would be proud of. When I was young, I endured through books, a familiar writer’s story. But I read Little Women on a brocade couch in a chandelier-lit lobby. I sat on Red Buttons lap and swigged Shirley Temples in the Swizzlestick Lounge. I have a thing for maraschino cherries and chilled honeydew melon balls. My life has veered from heady to raunchy. I won a scholarship and went to Vassar, dropped out and drove a VW van to San Francisco. Attended a doctoral program in medical psychology and pushed a broom as a pizza shack janitor. John Dewey, Buddha, Carl Jung, Judy Garland and the Village People. And so, when it came to writing fiction, I suppose it’s no surprise that I found my voice balancing between popular and literate. I want to write things my Aunt Kyra loves and my former mentor, Jane Smiley, admires. I want to be funny, serious, and most of all to flaunt my philosophical passions, which delight in the complex, disorderly world we live in. Our souls are steeped in analogy.

Upcoming Works

Regal Crest Press
Due in Spring, 2009

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