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Heather Abel

Heather Abel is the debut author of The Optimistic Decade, a book borne of “an obsession with idealism and disillusionment.” Set at a remote camp in Colorado, the books comically chronicles five characters coming to terms and falling apart in their summer microcosm. Publishers Weekly called the book “politically and psychologically acute” in a starred review. Although his novel marks Abel’s debut, she has a career as a journalist and educator under her belt. Abel is a former editor and reporter for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and High Country News, and her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Paris Review, the New York Times, and Slate, among others. She earned her MFA in fiction writing from the New School. She has also taught at the New School, as well as UMass Amherst and Smith College.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Kirkus Review

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