Abbey Mackay

Abbey Mackay

Twitter: @saraxsligar

Instagram: @sarasligar


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

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 represented by Alexandra Machinist at ICM Partners -- please contact her with any rights inquiries.

As a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, I work on 20th- and 21st-century fiction, film, and television. My dissertation studies the rise of the legal procedural in the context of historical changes to American criminal procedure. You can read more about my research here. Beginning in fall 2018, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Southern California.

Before all that, I received my B.A. from Amherst College, spent a year on a research fellowship in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure, and did my M.Phil. in History at Cambridge, where I drank absinthe for the first and last time in my life.

I currently live in Brooklyn and teach literature and creative writing at UPenn. In my spare time, I hang out with my awesome rescue dog and make deeply mediocre pottery.

A full CV and additional writing samples are available on request, as are editing and proofreading rates.