Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton). The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and was the winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Fiction. In 2010, she was named one of 5 Under 35 fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer's Award.
Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI, Ploughshares, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, The New Guard, Green Mountains Review, Post Road, and NPR's All Things Considered. A play, String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together (co-written by Michael Barakiva and Amy Boyce Holtcamp) was produced in New York City in 2009 and at Vassar College in 2010. Her short story, "Marjorie Lemke," appeared in the April 1, 2013, issue of The New Yorker.
Sarah has taught at Harvard University Extension School Summer School, Stanford University Online Writer's Studio, and at Colby College. She is currently on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.
Based in Portland, Maine, she is at work on a second novel and a book of nonfiction about suburban adolescence.