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Lauren Belfer


Lauren Belfer

Lauren Belfer was born in Rochester, New York, and grew up in Buffalo, where she attended the Buffalo Seminary. At Swarthmore College, she majored in Medieval Studies. After graduating, she worked as a file clerk at an art gallery, a paralegal, an assistant photo editor at a newspaper, a fact checker at magazines, and as a researcher and associate producer on documentary films. She has an M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Her debut novel, CITY OF LIGHT, was a New York Times bestseller, as well as a number one Book Sense pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award nominee, a New York Times Notable Book, a Library Journal Best Book, and a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. CITY OF LIGHT was a bestseller in Great Britain and has been translated into six languages.

Her second novel, A FIERCE RADIANCE, was named a Washington Post Best Novel of 2010 and an NPR Best Mystery of 2010.

Her third novel, AND AFTER THE FIRE, will be published in May 2016 by HarperCollins.

Belfer’s fiction has also been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah and Henfield Prize Stories. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, the Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.

She lives in New York City.

Lauren Belfer

Books by Lauren Belfer

by Lauren Belfer - Fiction, Literary Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

At the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. In America in 2010, Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her life after she experiences a devastating act of violence. When Henry dies soon after, she uncovers the long-hidden music manuscript. She becomes determined to discover what it is and to return it to its rightful owner, a journey that will challenge her preconceptions about herself and her family’s history.

by Lauren Belfer - Historical Fiction

The year is 1901. Buffalo, New York, is poised for glory. Louisa Barrett has made this dazzling city her home. Headmistress of Buffalo’s most prestigious school, Louisa is at ease in a world of men, protected by the titans of her city. But nothing prepares her for a startling discovery: evidence of a murder tied to the power plant at nearby Niagara Falls. This shocking crime---followed by another mysterious death---will ignite an explosive chain of events.