Monday, October 14, 2019

Sara Faring

Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles.

After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.

Faring's new novel is The Tenth Girl.

From her Q&A with Melissa Albert for the BN Teen blog:

Please pitch your debut in one sentence.

Buenos Aires native Mavi cons her way into a teaching role at an elite Patagonian finishing school with an astonishingly terrible history, and her future proves to be…even more astonishing and terrible.

What was the spark that became this book?

I took the trip of a lifetime to Paris with all of the women in my family for my grandmother’s 85th birthday. She calls us the matriarcado (matriarchy in Spanish). We spent the whole time stuffing our faces with buttery French pastry (almost as good as Argentine facturas), then collapsing in an apartment and talking/telling stories/laughing hysterically after we discovered a Marilyn Monroe-esque wig in a shop that looked like my (very fabulous and dramatic) grandmother’s hair…and everyone pretended to be her. (You don’t do this at family reunions? Oh).

One of my cousins is a brilliant psychotherapist (fun fact, Argentina is the country with the most psychologists per capita in the world), and some late nights, she would lead our group through hypnotherapy sessions, which frankly had more of a séance feel. We shared stories from the entire length of our family’s verbal history, stories that might have otherwise been forgotten in the years to come. Once I’d heard a few of these family tales, I felt an urgent need to learn everything I could and write a book to...[read on]
Visit Sara Faring's website.

My Book, The Movie: The Tenth Girl.

The Page 69 Test: The Tenth Girl.

--Marshal Zeringue