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Robin McLean worked as a lawyer and then a potter in the woods of Alaska before turning to writing. Her first story collection Reptile House won the 2013 BOA Editions Fiction Prize and was twice a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Story Prize. Her debut novel Pity the Beast was published November 2o21 by And Other Stories and was noted as a best book of fiction of the year in such outlets as The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and White Review and was long listed for the Reading the West Prize.  


Nobel Prize Winner, J.M. Coetzee said of the the novel, "Not since Faulkner have I read American prose so bristling with life and particularity."


Her second story collection, Get'em Young, Treat'em Tough, Tell'em Nothing is forthcoming, also from And Other Stories, on 10.18.22 (same day as the paperback of Pity the Beast.)  


Get'em Young is a most anticipated book of the fall in Lit Hub and The Millions and a "Northern Powerhouse" Book of the Fall 2022 in The Bookseller (UK).


Robin's stories have been published widely. She lives in high desert west.



Listen to podcasts with Robin, read interviews and essays here.



A figure skater first—having learned to skate and walk at the same time—McLean believes that crashing on ice prepared her for writing fiction. Besides writing, her careers and interests have been diverse: pushcart hotdog sales, lawyer and mediator, potter and tile maker, political activist, union organizer, sculptor, haunted corn maze manager as well as zombie trainer (yep).


Upcoming events are here.


You can buy Robin's books most anywhere, but please buy from your local indie bookstore if you possibly can. They are the heroes of the publishing world.


Sign up to work with her this fall in a workshop Hugo House in Seatttle, or next year at through The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Love Street Writers in Melbourne Australia, and sometimes with the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association. 


For more info email Robin:






Agent: Stephanie Steiker @ stephanie@rhaliterary.com

Press, publicity and bookstore inquiries in the US: Tom Flynn / tom@andotherstories.org

Publicity in the UK: Michael Watson / And Other Stories / michael@andotherstories.org