Laura Kalpakian

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Laura Anne Kalpakian (born June 28, 1945) is an American author. She has also published under the pen names Juliet Fitzgerald[1] and Carenna Jane Greye. She is known for her work in the memoir genre.

Life and career

Kalpakian was born in Long Beach, California and grew up in southern California. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Riverside in 1967. After starting her career as a social worker, she earned a Masters Degree from the University of Delaware in 1970. She earned a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, San Diego in 1977.

She has received funding from the National Endowment of the Arts and has won a Pushcart Prize, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and the first Anahid Literary Award for an American writer of Armenian descent.[2][3]

Her sons are composer Bear McCreary and singer/musician Brendan McCreary.

Selected works

As Laura Kalpakian
  • American Cookery (St. Martin's Griffin, 2007)
  • The Memoir Club (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005)
  • Educating Waverly (William Morrow, 2002)
  • The Delinquent Virgin (Graywolf Press, 1999)
  • Steps and Exes: a novel of family (Bard, 1999)
  • Caveat (John F. Blair, 1998)
  • Cosette: the sequel to Les Misérables (HarperCollins, 1995)
  • Graced Land (Grove Weidenfeld, 1992)
  • Dark Continent and Other Stories (Viking, 1989)
  • Crescendo (Random House, 1987)
  • The Swallow Inheritance (Headline, 1987)
  • Fair Augusto and Other Stories (Graywolf Press, 1986)
  • These Latter Days (Times Books, 1985)
  • Beggars and Choosers (Little, Brown, 1978)
As Juliet Jackson
  • Belle Haven (Viking, 1990)
As Carenna Jane Greye
  • Tiger Hill (Piatkus Books, 1985)


  1. Pilcer, Sonia (December 2, 1990). Fiction. (review of Belle Haven). Los Angeles Times
  2. Polk, James (November 11, 1990). In short: Fiction. New York Times
  3. Staff report (September 19, 1999). Booksellers trade show comes to Spokane. Spokane Spokesman-Review

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