Wendi Kaufman's fiction has appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, Fiction, New York Stories, and Other Voices. Her stories have been anthologized in "Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops," Elements of Literature and most recently, Faultlines: Stories of Divorce. She is a recipient of a fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the winner of a Mary Roberts Rhinehart award for short fiction, and a Breadloaf Writer’s Conference David Sokolov Scholar in Fiction. For over a decade she has been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and The WashingtonianHelen on 86th Street and Other Stories is her first story collection.


“Exquisitely written, and deeply moving, Kaufman’s debut reads like the work of a seasoned master in a brilliant collection of stories about loss, love, and longing, all with a quirky sensibility that’s funny, poignant, and heart-wrenchingly redemptive, too.”

– Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You