Peter LaSalle


Notre Dame Review contributor Peter LaSalle has been awarded the 2014 Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction for his story collection What I Found Out About Her: Stories of Dreaming Americans.

In this collection of eleven stories, LaSalle explores how everyday life for many—an FBI agent, a study-abroad student, a drug dealer’s chic girlfriend, a trio of Broadway playwrights, among others—can often take on something much larger than that, almost the texture of a haunting dream. Marked by stylistic daring and a rare lyricism in language, this is intense, thoroughly moving fiction that probes the contemporary American psyche, portraying it in all its frequently painful sadness and also its brave and unflagging hope.

What I Found Out About Her will be released this September through the University of Notre Dame Press. Go to for more information or to pre-order.

Peter LaSalle is the author of several books of fiction, most recently the novel Mariposa’s Song and a short story collection, Tell Borges If You See Him, recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award in 2007. His stories have appeared in leading literary magazines and award anthologies such as Paris Review, Tin House, Zoetrope, Yale Review, Antioch Review, Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. He is the Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

“I’ve always believed that as a short story writer Peter LaSalle has been in the same class as Donald Barthelme and Joyce Carol Oates in the avant-garde of American fiction writers, and now, reading his new collection, What I Found Out About Her, I am more than confirmed in that belief: indeed, his sophisticated and highly controlled formal experimentation, which is the sparkling core of his style, now flows with such masterly ease that he can be said to be in a class of his own, at the forefront of American creators of original prose.” — Zulfikar Ghose, author of The Triple Mirror of the Self

”Peter LaSalle’s stories, set in wonderfully various settings—Buenos Aires, New York, Paris, Chicago—are rich in their delineation of our private lives and loves, and in those moments in which, by ourselves or with others, we live most deeply. These haunting tales are shrewdly original, disarmingly complex, and—always, always, since LaSalle is one of our finest storytellers—as beautifully crafted as they are memorable.” — Jay Neugeboren, author of You Are My Heart and Other Stories