Elizabeth Searle is the author of two dramatic works and four books of fiction: Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella and stories; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award and My Body To You, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and her latest novel, Girl Held In Home.
Her and Michael Teoli's Rock Opera, Tonya & Nancy, The Rock Opera as well as her and Abigail Al-Doory Cross’ original opera, Tonya And Nancy: The Opera -- have drawn worldwide media attention.
Searle’s short stories have appeared in magazines such as Ploughshares, Redbook, New England Review, AGNI, and the Kenyon Review as well as the anthologies Lovers and Don't You Forget About Me. She won the 2010 Boston Literary Death Match and the 2000 Lawrence Foundation Fiction Prize. She received her MFA from Brown University.
Searle has taught fiction writing at Brown, Emerson College, Bennington MFA, Stonecoast MFA, and the University of Massachusetts. Her novella Celebrities in Disgrace was produced as a short film in 2010 by Bravo Sierra Productions. Searle is on the Executive Board of PEN/New England and founded the Erotic PEN readings.
PFP Publishing is extremely pleased and honored to announce the release of a new edition of Searle's novel, A Four-Sided Bed in print and eBook versions.
An eBook version of Celebrities in Disgrace has also been released.
Praise for Searle's Work
A Four-Sided Bed
"Bending gender and conventional notions about love and marriage, Searle's bold, beautiful book reaches right past the sensationalism of a love triangle to offer us an intense and moving portrait of the different ways people can connect." – Booklist
“In clipped, poetic language, Searle skillfully unwinds a psychosexual narrative about the power of unresolved longing and the damage the past can do to the present.” – Norah Vincent, The New York Times Book Review
“(An) intense, deeply moving first novel . . . Unusually intelligent exploration of sexuality . . .” – Publisher’s Weekly
Celebrities in Disgrace
“In this vivid, distinctive short story collection, Searle has some disquieting things to say about the nature of fame and how it both feeds and distorts relationships. …author of the acclaimed novel A Four-Sided Bed, [Searle] is a skillful writer with a gift for creating atypical characters and themes.” - Booklist
“Searle’s novella demands attention for its nuance as well as its wallop.” - Kirkus Reviews
“The characters in Elizabeth Searle's new collection, Celebrities in Disgrace don't jump off the pages so much as cling to them for dear life. The title novella, which features a woman who wants to portray the skater Nancy Kerrigan in a television movie, is a miniature masterpiece that holds a dirty mirror up to our often obsessive fascination with the rich and famous. Searle examines the tenuous relationship between one's public and private personas…” - New York Times Book Review
"...Ambition and women is something I had not written about in any realistic, sympathetic, in-depth way before, and it's easy to satirize. One reason for the theme of Celebrities in Disgrace is what I have observed to be the obsessive need for attention. …I think the challenges are that it is one of those things that people don't want to talk about, and also portraying the characters so they are somewhat sympathetic.
I have a phrase in my mind, “the witch of ambition,” and I do think there is this sort of dark force inside of people and any of those dark forces are hard to write about but they're the ones you want to write about. It seems like such a driving force of our time..."
(Elizabeth Searle, Interview from Post Road Magazine # 8, 2003)