Christine Lehner

…cole Zamalek, circa 1956

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Biography

Christine Lehner was born in Massachusetts and spent her first weeks in Boston, across the street from the Charles Street Jail. She then moved to Hingham, along with her parents. At the age of four she attended kindergarten in Cairo, Egypt. Back in the states she attended a parochial school and wrote shameless imitations of Nancy Drew novels. She went on to high school in Milton, Mass, college in Santa Barbara California, and graduate school in Providence, Rhode Island, where she studied with John Hawkes.
What to Wear to See the Pope, Lehner's collection of stories, was a Barnes & Nobles Discover New Writers pick. She is currently (2010-2011) a Writing Fellow at the Purchase Writers Center.

Lehner's short stories and essays have appeared in various literary magazines, including the North American Review, Agni, New Directions Anthologies, Chelsea, Salmagundi, Image, the Southwest Review and the New York Times.

She lives near the Hudson River with Charles Branch, two dogs, several chickens and thousands of honeybees.

What they say about Lehner's books


Absent a Miracle
A surprising, funny novel about saintly sinners, sinning saints, and the storms of love surrounding them.
--Cathleen Schine
It's pure, unadulterated adulterous entertainment...Lehner is a talented humorist.
--New York Times, August 23, 2009
Fiction
What to Wear to See the Pope
Perhaps the most haunting, idiosyncratic, gleefully subversive, and satisfying story collection Iíve read since Isak Dinesenís Seven Gothic Tales.
--Richard Russo
Expecting
One becomes quickly addicted to what Christine Lehner writes. Expecting sticks in my memory, it invades my dreams, it reshaped my consciousness... her originality in using the metaphor of expecting for so much of young life, the outer detail graphic and realistic, the Ďrealí, inner world described in spare, elegant prose, events which are at once hazy and dreamlike, humorous, sharp and absurd.
--Doris Grumbach

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