Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. The House Girl, her first novel, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Before turning to fiction, Tara worked for an international human rights organization and as a litigator at a corporate law firm in London and New York. Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe.
Her new book The Last Romantics (February 2019) explores the lives of four siblings in this ambitious and absorbing novel in the vein of Commonwealth and The Interestings. A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.
Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in history from Yale University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.