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[edit]

Kalpakian was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Peggy (Kalpakian), a secretary, and William Johnson, a technical representative.[2][3] She 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 master's 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.[4][5]

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

Selected works[edit]

As Laura Kalpakian
  • The Great Pretenders (Penguin Group, 2019), ISBN 9781101990186 [6]
  • 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)


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