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Kate Gales
Simon & Schuster Publicity
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New York, NY 10020
Tel: (212)698-7544


Joy Harris
The Joy Harris Literary Agency, Inc.
Tel: (212) 924-6269

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Co-agents are Andrew Nurnberg Associates for Europe (excluding the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece and Turkey) and Roberto Santachiara Agency for Italy. All other territories are non-exclusive.


  1. Ms. Anshaw, I felt I simply had to send a little note. Nothing new for you; you must have several million of these. I finished “CTO” and am surprised that you could possibly better “Lucky,” one of my favorite books ever, which I liked even better than Aquamarine(which I loved). I re-read “Lucky” right after and loved it again. Your prose style is beautiful without ever becoming precious, supremely intelligent without making the reader work for their meal. I accept that Faulkner and Fitzgerald are brilliant, but I don’t enjoy them. Buckethead is brilliant, but I can’t listen to him for more than thirty seconds. Give me Eric Clapton or David Gilmore, players who speak in understandable sentences.
    My one complaint is that reading your books makes me feel silly, trying to write. A tolerable short story or two, but attempts at novel length have been embarrassing. I’m new to it so I am asking too much. I should stick to short stories for now.
    Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I can’t say anyone I’ve read is better than you. I treasure your stories, and the execution is black magic. I will buy “Seven Moves” next and will track down your short stories. Thank you for the pleasure you have given me. Sincerely, Louis Scarnato

    1. louis, thank you so much for writing. it means a lot to me to hear that someone gets my work. and I do not get a million fan letters.
      about your ownwriting, all I can say is that it takes working at it for a very long time. you will notice improvement as you go; just keep at it.

      1. Wow, didn’t know there was a reply. Thank you. This is a thrill. I am working at it, and remembering to be myself, not you-dare to dream-or anyone else. My wife read CTO and couldn’t praise it enough. I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t realize the ending. She pointed it out to me. DUH-not reading closely at the time. Inexplicably beautiful. I couldn’t get over it. I went back to look at the third character in Aqua. The final part (before Sandgate) is…(insert hyperbolic adjective here) so beautiful. Sandgate is the perfect ending. Thanks again.

    2. wow. this all makes me so happy. thank you so much for letting me know. don’t forget I’ve been at this a while. just keep banging at it and the wall starts to crumble. if you want to read my best story, go to the website for the new ohio review. it’s called “the last speaker of the language” and they have posted it for anyone to download.

  2. Ms Anshaw, I do not expect continued responses. In fact, feel free to tell me to STOP (“Did you ever think Clarice to say ‘stop,’ that if I loved you I would stop?” “Not in a thousand years.” “That’s my girl.”) but I have more to say. One line caught both Diane and I; Now that Alice was no longer waiting for Maude, she wasn’t waiting for anything.” 14 words, one more than a bakers dozen, Einstein’s birthday. Did you sell your soul for it? Where do I sign up-LOL. Were you giddy when you thought of that? Sums it up like a (.) Read Aquamarine again. Last three pages before Sandgate are priceless. Looking forward to the past??? Ouch. What I love most is your ability to give us a person’s experience, what it feels like to be them. Not that I mind the awesome little details: The bottom dropped out of Winter. I’ll stop now. I have much more. I will read what you suggested with ZERO belief that it can be better. Louis
    P.S. I am working all the time and I won’t stop. Funny you mentioned the wall crumbling. Last night I wrote, She was not able to break through the wall, nor could she crack the code and open the locked gates.

  3. Ms. Anshaw, I was actually introduced to your work in my English class, where I read your short story, Hammam. As a young, 19-year-old, aspiring writer, it was one of the best short stories I’ve read in awhile. Your style is one I would most certainly love to learn from and emulate! The problem is, I can’t find Hammam anywhere on the Internet and want to have to read. Is there anywhere I can purchase or get a hold of it? Thanks!

    1. maayan, I’m not sure if I already answered your question. you can find hammam in the best american short stories 1994. I have 2 other stories in the best american series, one in 1998, another in 2012. I think the one in 2012 is an example of my best work. keep writing! it takes a while to get the hang of it, and even then, it’s still hard.

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