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Elizabeth Shick is the debut author of The Golden Land, winner of the 2021 AWP Prize for the Novel. A longtime American expatriate, she has lived and worked in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Italy. Liz currently resides in Dhaka, Bangladesh and West Tisbury, Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Lesley University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. You can find her at https://elizabethshick.com/.


Winner of the AWP Prize for the Novel, this debut novel digs deep into the complexities of family history and relationships. 

​When Etta’s grandmother dies, she is compelled to travel to Myanmar to explore complicated adolescent memories of her grandmother’s family and the violence she witnessed there. Full of rich detail and complex relationships, The Golden Land explores those personal narratives that might lie beneath the surface of historical accounts.

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Elizabeth Shick

Debut author of THE GOLDEN LAND (winner of the 2021 AWP Prize for the Novel), expat, mother, cat-lover & dreamer