Lara Ehrlich Finds Inspiration in Fairy Tales in Her Debut Collection, Animal Wife

Bostonia Magazine

Lara Ehrlich had a busy spring as director of marketing for June’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Conn. The 250-event schedule had to be completely reimagined as a scaled-down, virtual festival due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Now Ehrlich (UNI’03), previously a senior editor-writer for BU Marketing & Communications and an associate editor for Bostonia, has something else to think about: the September launch of her short story collection, Animal Wife (Red Hen Press). Ehrlich writes about teenagers finding their way in an alluring yet frightening world and women whose discontent manifests in mind-boggling ways. One goes feral after donning an elaborate deer suit (inspired by a medical exosuit developed at Sargent College). Another shares her house with a bear.

Publication came with winning the Red Hen Press Fiction Award, chosen by New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood, who says of the collection, “It made me dizzy with its exploration and illumination of the inner and outer lives of girls and women.”

Ehrlich, who lives in Connecticut with her husband and four-year-old daughter, spoke to Bostonia about transformations, her obsession with language, and learning to swim like a mermaid.

Read the Q&A here!