Next Letter in the Mail: Elizabeth McCracken


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken! Elizabeth sends us a handwritten letter from her home in Texas about the summer trip her family usually makes to England, and how they spent this past summer instead due to the pandemic—spoiler: they might’ve gotten a new cat!

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Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books: Here’s Your Hat What’s Your HurryThe Giant’s House, Niagara Falls All Over AgainAn Exact Replica of a Figment of My ImaginationThunderstruck & Other StoriesBowlaway, and the forthcoming collection of short stories The Souvenir Museum. She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Thunderstruck & Other Stories won the 2015 Story Prize. Her work has been published in The Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart PrizeThe O. Henry Prize, the New York Times Magazine, and many other places. You can find her rather often, entirely too often, really, on Twitter.


Photograph of Elizabeth McCracken courtesy of Elizabeth McCracken.