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Sarah Braunstein on her novel, 'Bad Animals'

Sarah Braunstein is the author of "Bad Animals."
Lauryn Hottinger
Sarah Braunstein is the author of "Bad Animals."

Sarah Braunstein’s Bad Animals follows Maeve Cosgrove, a forty-something woman in the midst of change.

She’s an empty nester who loves her job at her local library, but she’s been accused of spying on a teenager sneaking a boy into the public restroom. What follows is Maeve’s journey through unemployment, infatuation, loss, and even adultery.

I recently spoke with Sarah Braunstein about Maeve’s unreliability, how perspective shapes a novel and more.


Bad Animals which was published by W.W. Norton.

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