Lise Haines is the author of four novels: When We Disappear (Unbridled Books, scheduled June 2018) for which Tom Perrotta writes, "Haines is a novelist of great empathy and penetrating insight;" Girl in the Arena (Bloomsbury), a South Carolina Book Award Nominee; Small Acts of Sex and Electricity (Unbridled Books), a Book Sense Pick in 2006 and one of ten "Best Book Picks for 2006" by the NPR station, San Diego; and In My Sister's Country (Penguin / Putnam), a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Fiction Prize, which The Boston Globe called "an authoritative fictional debut."

Haines' work has sold foreign, and film and TV rights, including options by HBO and Denver & Delilah. Short stories and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals including Ploughshares, Agni, PostRoad and The Barcelona Review. She was a finalist for the PEN Nelson Algren Award. Haines has been Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. 

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  • Writing Literature & Publishing
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B.A., Syracuse University
M.F.A., Bennington College


In My Sister's Country


Small Acts of Sex and Electricity


Girl in the Arena


When We Disappear