Sara Read writes contemporary fiction that aims for both the heart and the mind. Her debut novel, JOHANNA PORTER IS NOT SORRY, comes out March 7, 2023 on Graydon House Books (HarperCollins/HQN). In this snarky, sexy, book-club-ready novel, Johanna Porter, a soccer mom who was once a rising star in the rarefied realm of high art steals a world-famous portrait of herself from the narcissistic artist who was once her lover, sending her into hiding and on a poignant, funny, and emotional roller-coaster ride of questionable choices and self renewal.
Before she started writing fiction, Sara got a degree in Women’s Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz. She tried the nine-to-five life for about a nanosecond before moving to rural Virginia to become a flute-maker’s apprentice and traditional fiddle player. Some years and two babies later, she returned to school for a Masters in Nursing. A cancer survivor herself, she now has the distinct privilege of caring for cancer patients.
Sara's short stories have been featured in The Missouri Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Zone 3 Press, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Sara lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, two teens, a terrier, and three snarky cats.
Photo credit Jen Fariello 2021
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