Maggie Shipstead


Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times-bestselling author of three novels and a short story collection. Great Circle, the unforgettable story of a globetrotting daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life at any cost, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize. The Telegraph calls her novel “a masterclass in historical fiction…epic in spirit and scope.” Her new book is You Have a Friend in 10A, a piercing, irresistible collection of short stories that are dazzling in their craft and range. The collection excavates the complexities of love, sex and life in ways unsparing and hilarious, sharp-eyed and tender. Knockout after knockout, Shipstead delivers another “extraordinary” (New York Times) work of fiction and seals her reputation as a writer of “breathtaking range and skill” (Kirkus Reviews). Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Shipstead’s bestselling debut, Seating Arrangements, tells the story of a summer New England wedding weekend gone awry, offering a deliciously biting satirical glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved. O, The Oprah Magazine called her second novel, Astonish Me, a woman’s recollection of being a young American ballerina in Paris who falls into a doomed, passionate romance with Soviet dance superstar, “a breathtaking work of art.” Shipstead is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize.