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  Paula Sharp, Author


          Paula Sharp
is the author of  the critically acclaimed short story collection,
The Imposter (1991), and of the novels The Woman Who Was Not All There (1988), Lost in Jersey City (1993), Crows over a Wheatfield (1996), and I Loved You All (2000).   All of Sharp's novels have been New York Times Book Review Notable Books, and she has received numerous literary honors, including the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voice Award, an NEA fellowship, the New Jersey Distinguished Author Award, and the WLA Banta award..  Sharp is also the translator of Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta's novel The Insurrection.  She has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr, Yale and Wesleyan University, and has lectured at various universities and  law schools on literature and censorship, domestic violence issues and criminal and family law. 

          The daughter of a nuclear physicist and an anthropologist, Paula Sharp was born in San Diego, California, and raised in North Carolina, New Orleans and Ripon, Wisconsin.  Sharp grew up in an unconventional single-parent family, a fact occasionally reflected in her novels. During her childhood, Sharp's mother excavated pyramids and ruins in Mexico, and the author's sister, Lesley Sharp, is currently a respected anthropologist who writes on the history and culture of Madagascar.  When first embarking on her career as a writer, Sharp spent a year in the Brazilian Amazon as a hanger-on in an anthropology project.   While there, she translated Latin American short fiction and wrote her first novel, The Woman Who Was Not All There.  From 1979 to 1986, Sharp resided in Jersey City and worked as a criminal investigator, secretary and parochial school teacher. After graduating from Columbia University Law school in 1985, she served as a public defender for the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan until 1993.  She currently lives in New York State with her husband and son and writes full time.

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