Abbey Mackay

Abbey Mackay

Twitter: @saraxsligar

Instagram: @sarasligar


rights inquiries: Alexandra Machinist at ICM Partners

Hi, I'm Sara. Sligar pronounced like Tiger. I am a writer and researcher based in Los Angeles.

My debut novel, Take Me Apart, is forthcoming from MCD Books / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. It follows a young archivist whose obsession with a photographer's mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile new life in northern California. I am currently working on my second novel, which will also be published by MCD/FSG.

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Southern California, where I teach courses in English and creative writing. My research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American fiction, film, and television. My academic book project, Forms of Justice: The Rise of the Legal Procedural in the Era of Due Process, studies the development of the legal procedural genre in the context of historical changes to American criminal procedure. Kind of like a pre-history of Law & Order. You can read more about my research here.

In my spare time, I hang out with my awesome rescue dog, make deeply mediocre pottery, and dream of going on the TV show Nailed It!


Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania

M.Phil., Modern European History, University of Cambridge

B.A., English and French, Amherst College