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  • NYS Writers Institute

Emily Layden, author of the debut novel All Girls

Author Emily Layden grew up in New York's Capital Region, graduated from Stanford University, and taught high school English at girls’ schools around the country.

She has returned recently to the Albany area and is pursuing a writing career. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Billfold, and Runner's World.

Her debut novel, All Girls, published in February by St. Martin’s Press, is an engrossing coming-of-age story set in a New England boarding school spanning one tumultuous year from orientation to commencement.

Praise for All Girls

"The pages turn fast and the girls are complex, compelling and written with incredible tenderness. Layden excels at rendering the everyday details of boarding school life." –– New York Times

"Sharp, engrossing." –– Town & Country

"If Gossip Girl meets Curtis Sittenfield sounds like your jam then All Girls is extremely your jam. [E]ngrossing.”––E! Online

More Emily Layden

Author drew on Emma Willard experience for fiction book, by Joseph Dalton, published in the Times Union, Feb. 2, 2021

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