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Lacy Crawford


Lacy Crawford

Lacy Crawford is an author of fiction and nonfiction, including the satire EARLY DECISION and the memoir NOTES ON A SILENCING.

Her literary journalism includes profiles of Frank Conroy, Reynolds Price and Shirley Hazzard. A former senior editor of Narrative, Lacy’s other jobs have included high school English teacher, human and environmental rights campaigner, co-convener of a high-level international conference on pandemic influenza, Girl Friday to an English lord, and director of the Burberry Foundation.

Lacy lives in California with her husband and three children.

Books by Lacy Crawford

by Lacy Crawford - Memoir, Nonfiction

When NOTES ON A SILENCING hit bookstores in the summer of 2020, even amidst a global pandemic, it sent shockwaves through the country. Not only did this intimate investigative memoir usher in a media storm of coverage, it also prompted the elite St. Paul's School to issue a formal apology to the author, Lacy Crawford, for its handling of her report of sexual assault by two fellow students nearly 30 years ago. In this searing book, Crawford tells the story of coming forward during the state investigation of the elite New England prep school decades after her assault, only to find for the first time evidence that corroborated her memories. This revelation launched Crawford on an extraordinary inquiry deep into gender, privilege and power, and the ways that shame and guilt are used to silence victims.

by Lacy Crawford - Fiction

EARLY DECISION is a novel that follows five students over one autumn as Anne, “the application whisperer,” helps them craft their college essays, cram for the SATs, and perfect the Common Application. It seems their entire future is on the line --- and it is. It’s because the process, warped as it is by money, connections, competition and parental mania, threatens to crush their independence just as adulthood begins.