June 2012 Indie Next List
“This is the kind of character-driven, thoroughly enjoyable read I love! It easily compares to the family drama in J. Courtney Sullivan's Maine and the humor in Richard Russo's That Old Cape Magic. Just add lots of gin and tonics, men in pants with whales on them, and characters with names like Biddy, Fee, and Oatsie, and you've got the irresistible Seating Arrangements!”
— Claire Benedict, Bear Pond Books of Montpelier, Montpelier, VT
About the Author
Maggie Shipstead was born in 1983 and grew up in Orange County, California. Her short fiction has appeared in "Tin House, VQR, Glimmer Train, The Best American""Short Stories, "and other publications. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.