Published in 2014 from Dock Street Press, long-listed for the 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and newly re-released by 713 Books!
In this debut collection previously published by Dock Street Press, Sara Lippmann draws the reader into the intimate lives of characters seeking connection beyond their scripted worlds. She captures the beguiling transformation from child to adult with humor, heartache, and desperation. From grieving mothers to fathers adrift, old flames to restless teens, the isolated characters in Doll Palace are united by conflicting desires and the private struggles of the heart.
Sara Lippmann is the sort of writer who can drop you with a line. Of a guy wearing a baby in a harness, she writes, " He yanks on the baby's stubby toes like he is milking it." I'd read a hell of lot of pages to find a sentence that practically nails an entire generation. Good news is this book has such lines on every page. Lippmann is a fearless writer, and these are concise and deadly stories.
—Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others
Sara Lippmann’s stories are visceral and gripping, venturing into dark places with sharp wit and a gimlet eye. A lot of them gave me bad dreams, and I mean that in a good way. This is a memorable debut collection.
— Alix Ohlin, author of Dual Citizens
Sara Lippmann’s Doll Palace is a sexy, sad and fearless collection full of humor, pathos and a compassion. Her scalpel-sharp stories are raw emotional gems, blinding in their precision. She understands the pumping highways and byways of the human heart like a seasoned traveler.
— Jonathan Papernick, author of The Ascent of Eli Israel, There is No Other and The Book of Stone
Sara Lippmann’s prose is unflinching. Her female characters see motherhood, womanhood and self-hood through a raw and funny lens: I am about to cry, when I laugh. Terribly wonderful and exciting work!
— Rachel Sherman, author of Living Room and The First Hurt
"Lippmann's debut is a terrific collection of short stories that mostly take place in or around New York....These stories clearly reveal Lippmann's talent, and indicate a bright future ahead." ― Publishers Weekly
"Smart and technically accomplished fiction." ― Kirkus Reviews