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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sara Levine  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1970 In Cleveland, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Sara studied English at Northwestern University and now works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sara has taught in the MFA in Nonfiction Writing program at the University of Iowa and is now chair of the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library

Short Dark Oracles
ISBN: 0988891549

Caketrain Journal and Press. 2011

"This book is a wonder. I laughed out loud early and kept on laughing, sometimes with recognition, sometimes with sheer delight at the precision with which Levine portrays the bafflement of being human and interacting with other humans. Read Short Dark Oracles for yourself and prepare to be both charmed and alarmed." Matthea Harvey, author of Modern Life * "Hemingway said somewhere that he wanted to write like Cezanne painted. In her vivid hyper-real collection, Short Dark Oracles, Sara Levine paints her way into even sharper and more dangerous corČners. The fictions are an impasto of primed primary colors, prose that cuts a swath in brilliant swatches of saturated power that pops, punches, turns every turn into a fat flat facet, hard as a side of diamond, steel still-lives, glittering, metallic, distilled. Ernest be damned, I want to write like Sara Levine writes." Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter * "Levine's narrators are self-aware, self-deprecating, sardonic and more than a little funny. 'The Fainting Couch' alone is worth the price of admission, but Oracles offers other treasures just as lovely." Cooper Renner, author of Mosefolket * "Hilarious and triumphant, these stories will startle you on every page, and on every page you will marvel over Levine's intelligent, passionate mind." Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution * Short Dark Oracles was the runner-up manuscript in the 2010 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, as judged by Deb Olin Unferth.

Treasure Island!!!
ISBN: 1609450612

Europa Editions. 2011

When a college graduate with a history of hapless jobs (ice cream scooper gift wrapper laziest ever part-time clerk at The Pet Library) reads Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island, she is dumbstruck by the timid design of her life. When had she ever dreamed a scheme? When had she ever done a foolish, overbold act? When had she ever, like Jim Hawkins, broke from her friends, raced for the beach, stolen a boat, killed a man, and eliminated an obstacle that stood in the way of her getting a hunk of gold?

Convinced that Stevenson's book is cosmically intended for her, she redesigns her life according to its Core Values: boldness, resolution, independence and horn-blowing. Accompanied by her mother, her sister, and a hostile Amazon parrot that refuses to follow the script, our heroine embarks on a domestic adventure more frightening than anything she'd originally planned.

Treasure Island!!! is the story of a ferocious obsession, told by an original voice-intelligent, perverse, relentlessly self- extricating, and funny.


  • Bridport Prize for Fiction

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