Lara Tupper

writer/crooner/teacher

debut Novel
Screenplay
adaptation (script), co-written with filmmaker Greg Eismin
fiction
based on the life of Paul Gauguin
Memoir
music
my debut EP
“A one-of-a-kind book, fascinating and honest.”
--Joan Silber, National Book Award nominee, Ideas of Heaven
"Wonderful and incisive, A Thousand and One Nights tells us in a new way what it means to be young and American. Tupper casts a keen, intelligent eye on the contemporary world, its multitude of fakeries and deceits, providing us with a witty, poignant, wholly worthwhile read."— Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout

"This is a moving and accomplished first novel.”
--Jim Shepard, 2007 National Book Award nominee, Like You'd Understand, Anyway


"Add [this] title to your must-read list."--The Sacramento Bee

"...shrewdly observed..."--The Boston Globe


"Both an off-kilter take on the conventional coming-of-age tale and a sly commentary on the underbelly of celebrity culture, this truly original book is basically uncategorizable—blissfully so."--Elle.com

"Funny and insightful and told in prose as resilient as Karla's spirit. Keep an eye on Lara Tupper; she is sure to go far." --Rebecca Oppenheimer, National Book Critics' Circle member

*A Thousand and One Nights* has been re-released as an e-book and paperback. Thanks, Untreed Reads.




Lara Tupper is the author of A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea, and Off Island, a fictional re-imagining of Paul Gauguin's messy marriage (TBD). With filmmaker Greg Eismin she co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of A Thousand and One Nights. (Christopher Guest, we love you.) Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, fivechapters and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University (BA English) and the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College (MFA Creative Writing), she taught at Rutgers University for nine years and now presents writing workshops throughout Western Massachusetts. A jazz/​pop singer, she has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities and now enjoys singing with several amazing musicians in the Berkshires. Lara is a proud member of the Authors Guild and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). Please see MUSIC CALENDAR and WRITING CLASSES for her upcoming gigs, readings and workshops.



"Both an off-kilter take on the conventional coming-of-age tale and a sly commentary on the underbelly of celebrity culture, this truly original book is basically uncategorizable—blissfully so."--Elle.com

"Funny and insightful and told in prose as resilient as Karla's spirit. Keep an eye on Lara Tupper; she is sure to go far." --Rebecca Oppenheimer, National Book Critics' Circle

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