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Sandra Newman is the author of the novels The

Country of Ice Cream Star,
The Only Good Thing

Anyone Has Ever Done
and Cake. With Howard

Mittelmark, she co-authored How Not to Write a

and Read This Next. She has also written a

memoir, Changeling, and a guide to the classics,

The Western Lit Survival Kit.

    She was born in Massachusetts, moved to the UK

at the age of 18, and returned to the US 20 years

later.  She has been employed as a professional

gambler, a professor, and a hack writer of