Fiona Maazel


An Interview with Fiona Maazel, by Esme Hoffman

There are a few female authors in Brooklyn who make me feel like I’m a little girl again, looking up at all the big girls around me who are smarter and cooler and do big- girl things, like write books. Fiona Maazel is one of those authors. Her sentences are knockouts, and her novels are both entertaining and wickedly intelligent. She is the author of Woke Up Lonely and Last Last Chance, a winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, and a National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree.

When I saw Fiona Maazel read at the Franklin Park Reading Series, it was so crowded that it was hard to move. Her curly brown hair was just visible beyond the heads in the crowd. Fiona’s reading style is crisp, confident, and darkly witty, like her prose. The audience laughed as she gave us a scene where an awkward crush goes awry in the middle of a hostage situation. Although I was too shy to approach her at the reading, I contacted her via Facebook, and she graciously agreed to an interview.

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