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Meet Sarah Gerard, A NYC-Based Author
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Meet Sarah Gerard, A NYC-Based Author

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Updated: 12 December 2015
Meet Sarah Gerard, author of novel Binary Star, chapbooks, BFF, Things I Told My Mother, and an upcoming essay collection, Sunshine State. Originally from Florida, she came to New York and studied at the New School, where she received an MFA. Her work, Binary Star, has received extraordinary praise, and the style of her prose is remarkable. In the novel, a young woman and her boyfriend take a road trip and deal with an eating disorder and addiction, respectively. The two learn about themselves and each other as they travel across the country. We spoke with Sarah to learn more about her work and inspirations.
Image Courtesy Sarah Gerard | © Josh Wool
Image Courtesy Sarah Gerard | © Josh Wool

TCT: How has it been getting such great acclaim for your work?

SG: The praise has been wonderful—I’m very grateful for it. I do have a need, though, sometimes, to hide away. Seeing too much of my own face, or reading too much about myself, starts to make me sick, like I’m breathing recycled air. I care much more about my continued ability to write than about anything people might say about my writing. What they say, good or bad, is not my business.

TCT: What advice would you give to someone who is trying to break into the business?

SG: Stay hungry.

TCT: What’s next?

SG: I’m writing an essay collection about Florida called Sunshine State. The tentative publication date is Spring 2017.

TCT: Who is your favorite contemporary author? Favorite historical author?

SG: I don’t play favorites but there are plenty of people writing today whose work really excites me. Ottessa Moshfegh, Lidia Yuknavitch, Merritt Tierce, and Alexandra Kleeman, to name a few. Gregory Howard. Jesse Ball. Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Joan Didion is, of course, still alive, but she’s of a different generation of writers, so I’ll drop her name here in response to your other question. Djuna Barnes. Severo Sarduy.

Image Courtesy Sarah Gerard
Image Courtesy Sarah Gerard

TCT: What is your dream project?

SG: A history of light.

TCT: How would you describe yourself and your work in 80 characters?

SG: I’m in a perpetual state of becoming. My work is a record of my becoming, for your enjoyment.

TCT: J.R.R. Tolkien or George R.R. Martin?

SG: Tolkien.

TCT: Warhol or Michelangelo?

SG: Warhol.

TCT: Shanghai or Cairo?

SG: Either, both.

TCT: Chicago or New York Pizza?

SG: New York.

Image Courtesy Sarah Gerard
Image Courtesy Sarah Gerard

TCT: Spring Awakening or The Color Purple?

SG: The Color Purple.

TCT: Paperback or e-reader?

SG: Paperback, all the way.

Check out the latest information about Sarah and her work at her website.

Interview conducted by Sean Scarisbrick