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Lisa Locascio

Biography

Lisa Locascio

Lisa Locascio’s work has been published in The Believer, Salon, n+1, Bookforum, Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. She is co-publisher of Joyland and editor of 7x7LA. Lisa currently teaches creative writing at Wesleyan. OPEN ME is her first novel.

Lisa Locascio

Books by Lisa Locascio

by Lisa Locascio - Fiction

Upon her high school graduation, Roxana Olsen plans to attend a study abroad program in Paris. But a logistical mix-up brings Roxana to Copenhagen instead, where she’s picked up at the airport by Søren, a 28 year old guide who is meant to be her steward.  Instantly drawn to one another, Roxana and Søren’s relationship turns romantic, and she decides to accompany him to a small coastal town for the rest of the summer. Seduced by this newfound connection, Roxana doesn’t object when Søren requests that she spend her days alone in the apartment while he goes to the library to work. As their relationship deepens, Søren’s temperament darkens, and Roxana finds herself increasingly drawn to a local outsider, Zlatan, whom she learns is a Muslim refugee from the Bosnian War. The cycle of awakenings sparked by these two relationships challenge and open Roxana in ways she never imagined.