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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum Birth:

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum was born February 14, 1972 in Houston, TX.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum Background and Writing:

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum has written short stories for the New Yorker and Tin House among other magazines. Her story "Accomplice" was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2004 and in the same year, her first novel, Madeleine is Sleeping, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize.
Bynum's second novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, is a series of eight interconnected stories featuring Beatrice Hempel, a middle school English teacher. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009. In 2010, she was named one of The New Yorker Magazine's "20 Under 40" fiction writers to watch.

The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and an NEA Fellowship, Bynum directs the MFA program in writing at the University of California, San Diego.

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