Nova Ren Suma

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Nova Ren Suma was a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the author of Imaginary Girls and she lives in New York. Find out more at or follow her on Twitter at @novaren.

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Life echoes art in this sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story from the author of Imaginary Girls.

It’s summer and Dani Callanzano has been abandoned by everyone she knows. Her dad moved out, her mom is all preoccupied being broken-hearted, and her closest friend just moved away. Basically it’s the end of the world.
     At least she has the Little Art, her favorite local arthouse movie theater. Dani loves all the old black-and-white noir thrillers with their damsels in...

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Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What if?

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Billie Holiday... I don't know what I would have asked, I just would have liked to know her.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Sometimes I think I want to be the complete opposite of myself: a graceful surfer who lives on some sunny tropical island and doesn't burn in the sun and whose only aspiration is to get up early for a good wave and then chill on the sand doing not much of anything. That's the fantasy. I'd miss spending all day holed up in a dark corner writing though.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. I'm a picky vegetarian with a sweet tooth, so either dark chocolate or tofu. But never together—that's just gross.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mom. She's made everything in my life possible, sacrificing left and right to make my dreams come true. And, after I went away for college, she went back to school and made her own dreams come true. Now she has an important job helping people. She's my hero.

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