Lauren Holmes grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and a teaching fellow. Her work has appeared in Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice, and in Guernica. Holmes lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
`Feisty artifice-free portraits of modern life' Independent `A fresh and darkly funny debut ... Holmes has an enviable lightness of touch combined with a bracing honesty ... Sassy and savvy' Tatler `Fans of Lena Dunham and Sloane Crossley will find much to love in this darkly funny collection about family and friends, all wrapped up in a hefty dose of millennial angst. With her scalpel-sharp worldview and dry turn of phrase, Holmes is one to watch' Irish Independent `Introduces a series of brilliant / bonkers narrators. Girls fans, in particular, will enjoy her riffs on modern love and friendships' Glamour `A book I couldn't put down. An outstanding debut, refreshing and exciting, complex and really funny' Nathan Englander `A wonderful debut from a profound and sassy new voice. These seemingly effortless stories are uncommonly perceptive, deeply felt, and at the same time exceedingly funny' Colum McCann `Barbara the Slut turns our obsession with sex on its head in order to study it, dissect it, weaponize it ... Empowering, rare, and well, pretty sexy' Esquire Ten precocious stories limn the deep humor, table-turning dualities, and inevitable bouts of screwed-upness that accompany getting through one's twenties and beyond' Elle `Simultaneously hilarious and deeply insightful' Buzzfeed `A comic writer of the highest standard. The stories in Barbara the Slut are far too good to keep to yourself - you will want to share them with someone immediately so you can talk about how brilliant and funny they are' Katherine Heiny `Holmes' characters read like everyday people we've loved, hated, crossed the street to avoid and learned from, all described in her no doubt soon-to-be-recognized signature style' Ms `The people limned here are people we know. They may even be the people we are. A first-rate first collection from a young writer you'll want to hear more from' Kirkus Reviews (starred)