Sarah Gerard follows her breakout novel, Binary Star, with the dynamic essay collection Sunshine State, which explores Florida as a microcosm of the most pressing economic and environmental perils haunting our society. In the collection’s title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, whose tales about the birds he “rescues” never quite add up. Gerard’s personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: an essay that begins as a look at Gerard’s first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class. Sunshine State was listed as one of the most anticipated books of 2017 in the Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, The Millions, and Huffington Post. Garth Greenwell says, “These large-hearted, meticulous essays offer an uncanny x-ray of our national psyche, showing us both the grand beauty of our American dreams and the heartbreaking devastation they wreak.” Sarah Gerard’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, New York Magazine‘s “The Cut”, The Paris Review Daily, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, Joyland, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. She writes a monthly column on food for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.