Suspend Your Disbelief

Aurelie Sheehan


Aurelie Sheehan was born in Verdun, France, and grew up in Connecticut. Since 2000, she has been on the faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her collection of short stories, Jack Kerouac Is Pregnant, was published in 1994, with a paperback reissue in 2001, both with Dalkey Archive Press. She is the author of two novels, The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, published by Penguin in 2004, and History Lesson for Girls, published by Viking in 2006, with a Penguin paperback released in 2007. A novella, This Blue, came out as a Ploughshares Solo in 2013. Her collection of shorts, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories, came out in 2013 (BOA Editions, Ltd.), followed in 2014 by a collection of linked stories set in Tucson, Demigods on Speedway (University of Arizona Press). She has received an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Foundation Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award. She’s been a writer in residence at the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India; the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland; and the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming. Sheehan lives in Tucson with her husband and daughter.