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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 stirring 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 a 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 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 IsraelThere 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

"Lippmann’s stories are well-crafted and tight, some so short they might qualify as micro-fiction. Lippmann’s voice is distinctive for her sparse and straightforward style, which ties together a collection with a roving cast of characters...All of the stories are propelled by a forward momentum, and the stories are more likely to end on an action, rather than a image, or a moment of contemplation." Bustle Magazine


"The narratives here are vividly framed and spiked with surprising moments of wisdom." - Brown Alumni Magazine


"The stories found in Sara Lippmann‘s collection Doll Palace are concise and dizzying, showcasing memorably wrenching scenes from numerous lives in the span of a few pages." - Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

"Lippmann is a rare phenomenon... Doll Palace is woven so skillfully that the movements from one room to the next, one character’s inner dialogue to the next is fluid and non-linear like memory." - Meg Tuite at Entropy

"[Lippmann] is both unpredictable and exciting, and succeeds in building believable characters through a perspective that feels unique. " - The Masters Review


“Lippmann is one of those authors who can get away with both seriousness and hilarity in the same sentence.” — Leesa Cross-Smith at Sun Dog Lit


“[Lippmann’s] stories lead us to perfect endings, often ominous and not quite clear endings that made me re-read the last page. Even the re-read was a pleasure.” —Christy Crutchfield at Small Press Book Review


"Doll Palace is a widely varied collection whose variations do not fail to intrigue." — Robert Long Foreman at Monkeybicycle 


"Lippmann’s prose is a stellar example of contemporary realism." 
— Christopher Allen at Necessary Fiction 


"Every story in Sara Lippmann’s debut collection, Doll Palace, is a finely crafted, stark distillation of a different kind of loss, loneliness, or alienation." — Jody Hobbs Hesler at PANK

"The accomplished prose, the haunting atmosphere and the emotional accuracy invite the reader to re-read this collection, and reflect on its stories."— Ofi Press Magazine


"23 stories told with an incredibly strong and unique voice." - Alternating Current


"Lippmann’s ability to wring genuine surprise from the reader is her greatest gift." — The Next Best Book Blog​​

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