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Allison Epstein is a historical fiction author and professional editor based in Chicago. She is the author of A Tip for the Hangman and the forthcoming Let the Dead Bury the Dead.
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Allison Epstein earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Northwestern University and a B.A. in creative writing and Renaissance literature from the University of Michigan. A Michigan native, she now lives in Chicago, where she works as an editor. When not writing, she enjoys good theater, bad puns, and fancy jackets. She is the author of A Tip for the Hangman and the forthcoming Let the Dead Bury the Dead.
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I’m a historical fiction writer with an MFA in fiction from Northwestern University. I finished my BA in creative writing from the University of Michigan in 2014. Currently, I live in Chicago and share a home with a grumpy cat named Mina.
I was born in Lansing, Michigan, as was Burt Reynolds, star of the 1960s TV show Gunsmoke. Burt Reynolds has been a surprisingly large presence in my life. I still do not know what to make of this.
My first novel, A Tip for the Hangman, was named one of Barnes & Noble’s Most Anticipated Reads of February 2021 and one of the Chicago Tribune‘s most anticipated 2021 releases. My second novel, Let the Dead Bury the Dead, received the 2019–2020 Distinguished Thesis award from Northwestern University in an earlier form.
Things I apparently can’t stop writing about: church schisms, rats, high-stakes dinner parties, the Decembrist revolt of 1825, spies who betray each other, Anne of Cleves, salmon, librarians, and passive-aggressive breakfasts.
My non-writing interests include elaborate ceilings, ramen, coming up with names for dogs, laying out increasingly complex bullet journal spreads, puns of the worst order, musical theater, and shopping for fancy jackets.
By day, I work as an editor for a philanthropic consulting firm that supports left-leaning donors and foundations. By night, I am in bed by 10:30.