Hannah Lillith Assadi

Instructor & Writer
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Hannah Lillith Assadi teaches fiction at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Her first novel, Sonora, received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. In 2018, she was named a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. Her forthcoming novel The Stars Are Not Yet Bells will be published by Riverhead in January 2022.


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Cover Photo: A close-up photograph of a mother holding close an infant child in her arms

I wanted one too, from the very beginning. I don’t have any scars, I insisted. I don’t have anything to show for it.