Lauren Holmes grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and a teaching fellow. Her work has appeared in Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice, and in Guernica. Holmes lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
`Feisty artifice-free portraits of modern life' Independent`A
fresh and darkly funny debut ... Holmes has an enviable lightness
of touch combined with a bracing honesty ... Sassy and savvy'
Tatler`Fans of Lena Dunham and Sloane Crossley will find much to
love in this darkly funny collection about family and friends, all
wrapped up in a hefty dose of millennial angst. With her
scalpel-sharp worldview and dry turn of phrase, Holmes is one to
watch' Irish Independent`Introduces a series of brilliant / bonkers
narrators. Girls fans, in particular, will enjoy her riffs on
modern love and friendships' Glamour`A book I couldn't put down. An
outstanding debut, refreshing and exciting, complex and really
funny' Nathan Englander`A wonderful debut from a profound and sassy
new voice. These seemingly effortless stories are uncommonly
perceptive, deeply felt, and at the same time exceedingly funny'
Colum McCann`Barbara the Slut turns our obsession with sex on its
head in order to study it, dissect it, weaponize it ... Empowering,
rare, and well, pretty sexy' EsquireTen precocious stories limn the
deep humor, table-turning dualities, and inevitable bouts of
screwed-upness that accompany getting through one's twenties and
Elle`Simultaneously hilarious and deeply insightful' Buzzfeed`A comic writer of the highest standard. The stories in Barbara the Slut are far too good to keep to yourself - you will want to share them with someone immediately so you can talk about how brilliant and funny they are' Katherine Heiny`Holmes' characters read like everyday people we've loved, hated, crossed the street to avoid and learned from, all described in her no doubt soon-to-be-recognized signature style' Ms`The people limned here are people we know. They may even be the people we are. A first-rate first collection from a young writer you'll want to hear more from' Kirkus Reviews (starred)