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Tracy O’Neill

is the author of The Hopeful, one of Electric Literature's Best Novels of 2015. She was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, and was a Narrative Under 30 finalist. She attended the MFA program at the City College of New York and the PhD program in communications at Columbia University. The above excerpt is from her latest novel, Quotients, published this month by Soho Press.

Quotients

Alexandra wanted to be wry and knowing, like the women in New York who somehow had it all, calm and casual in their thin cashmere sweaters, buttering bread for their children at brunch on the weekend and stepping crisply to hail a cab from work at five, and all of it, their happiness, ignored like a given.

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The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2020

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