Dawn Raffel's illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Her previous books include a critically acclaimed novel, Carrying the Body, and two story collections— Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division, which was a Barnes & Noble "Discover" book and has just been reissued as an e book. Of the later, the The Los Angeles Review of Books wrote, “Her style slides with weightless grace across the surface of the world. But in so doing, it also puts pressure on that surface, revealing the water that waits, in roaring silence, on its underside.”
Her stories have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, Black Book, Fence, Open City, The Mississippi Review Prize Anthology, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Arts & Letters, The Quarterly, NOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.
She was a fiction editor for many years, followed by a seven-year stint as Executive Articles Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, three years as Editor-at-Large at More magazine, and senior editorial positions at Reader's Digest and the Center for Fiction. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, the Center for Fiction, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania. She currently works as a freelance book editor.
Her next book, The Strange Case of Dr. Couney, is under contract at Blue Rider/Penguin.