Lindsay Stern is the author of The Study of Animal Languages, described as a "warm, satisfying novel” (Forbes) that “tracks the breakdown of an academic couple’s marriage while dissecting differences between language and communication, knowledge and truth, madness and inspiration” (Publisher’s Weekly). Named one of Vanity Fair's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, it won a Lois Kahn Writers' Award and the Taylor-Chehak Prize in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Her first book, Town of Shadows, about a mender of carpets living in a dictatorship, was adapted into an immersive performance piece by choreographers Brendan Duggan and Mallory Rosenthal. She has received a Watson Fellowship, an Amy Award, and an Academy of American Poets' Prize. Her long-form essay "The Divide", about the controversy arising from a primatologist's thirty-year investigation into the inner lives of primates, was the cover story of Smithsonian Magazine's July/August 2020 issue. She has an M.F.A. in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Yale University, where she is a doctoral candidate. She lives in New Haven with her fiancé and cactus.


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