Books by Karen E. Bender

THE NEW ORDER by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Riveting if polemical, and mostly bleak, depictions of America."
Bender, whose last book of stories (Refund, 2015, etc.) was a National Book Award finalist, generally uses world events as the background for fiction focused on domestic life, but these 11 stories make our current sociopolitical landscape the subject. Read full book review >
REFUND by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Although her tone can veer toward bitterness, Bender excels at characters on the edge of despair, particularly mothers who resent the children they love."
In these 13 stories, Bender (A Town of Empty Rooms, 2013, etc.) showcases families that "endure" in both senses of the word: suffer patiently and carry on despite enormous travail.Read full book review >
A TOWN OF EMPTY ROOMS by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"While sometimes annoyingly myopic—Waring's African-Americans are invisible, the white Christians stereotypically one-dimensional—Bender portrays a marriage in crisis with heartbreaking accuracy."
Is it possible to know another person, even one you love, is the question posed in this novel by Bender (Like Normal People, 2000), which dissects a married couple in crisis. Read full book review >
LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE by Karen E. Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2000

"Beautifully done. Bender has a remarkable gift for showing how the security of family interrelationship warms, chafes, imprisons, and ultimately liberates."
The audience awaiting Oprah's picks will want to know about this highly touted first novel about three generations of women in a painfully bonded southern California family. Read full book review >