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Fiction: Sharon Pomerantz, Like Graceland



Actress Patricia Randell reads Sharon Pomerantz's story Like Graceland, which was previously published in The Missouri Review.

Sharon Pomerantz's acclaimed first novel Rich Boy, published by
Twelve, was one of Entertainment Weekly's "Ten Best Novels of 2010"
and is the 2011 recipient of the National Foundation for Jewish
Culture's Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction. Rich Boy was a summer book
pick in Oprah (O) magazine, More magazine, Slate.com and Self. Her
short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including
The Missouri Review and Ploughshares, and her story Ghost Knife was
included in The Best American Short Stories 2003. Another of her
stories, Shoes, was nationally broadcast on NPR’s Selected Shorts.
As a nonfiction writer, Sharon contributes regularly to Hadassah
Magazine
, and has written for the Jewish Week, the Forward and Inside,
the magazine of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. She currently
teaches writing at the University of Michigan.

Patricia Randell plays the role of FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair in the
2012 HBO film Too Big to Fail, directed by Oscar Winner Curtis Hanson
and starring a cast of luminaries including Paul Giamatti, Billy
Crudup, William Hurt, Cynthia Nixon, Ed Asner and many others. She has
garnered five raves in The New York Times for her portrayals of
characters as diverse as the gregarious lesbian in Christopher
Durang's wild parody of The Glass Menagerie to her portrayal of Greer
Garson in Random Harvest, a performance singled out for praise by all 16 critical forums in NY that covered it. Ms. Randell’s Off-Broadway credits are numerous and varied, and regionally she has appeared at many of the top theatres across the country. Her film work includes features Islander with Philip Baker Hall and Approaching Union Square, which debuted on The Sundance Channel in 2008. On TV she has appeared on many soaps, the original Law & Order and a sitcom pilot, The Match. A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, she has been a teaching artist at Brooklyn College, EST, The William Inge Center, and privately coaches professional actors as well as students who have subsequently been accepted into Juilliard, BU, and other major theater programs.
 

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