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Author Sara Gran is as blunt as her Claire DeWitt character
Author Sara Gran is as blunt as her Claire DeWitt character

Sara Gran doesn't believe in studying writing. If you consider yourself a writer, just write. That's what Gran did for years on a notepad, often on the subway going to and from her job at the famous Strand bookstore in New York City before her first novel, "Saturn's Return to New York," was published in 2001. Working at the Strand was like going to graduate school for books, says Gran, who sorted through thousands of paperbacks during her shifts. "It always cracks me up when people romanticize books and talk about them in this flowery way — 'Oh, I love the smell of books,'" she says sipping on an iced tea at Fix coffee shop in Echo Park....

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