Hi Everyone,

I’m thrilled to host fiction writer, Anna Caritj this month on “Let’s Deconstruct a Story.” The Sewanee Review has graciously taken down the paywall for Anna’s story for the month of June so you can read the story all month for free!

They have also offered readers/listeners of LDAS 10% off a subscription to The Sewanee Review with the code: SISTER. I am definitely going to take advantage of the offer, and hope you will too. We are so grateful to them!

Before listening to our discussion, please read the story “Ugly Sister” here at The Sewanee Review.

And then enjoy our discussion below on Spotify, Apple, Audible, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Let’s Deconstruct a Story featuring Anna Caritj


In the coming months, I will be talking with Caroline Kim, George Singleton, Jason Ockert, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, so make sure to sign up for the newsletter here if you would like to be notified about upcoming episodes. I’m always looking for new writers, so if you have any suggestions, or a book coming out, you can reach me at



Bio: Anna Caritj is the author of Leda and the Swan (Riverhead, 2021). She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied English and Spanish literature, and an MFA from Hollins University. She received the Andrew Lytle Prize for her story “Ugly Sister” in 2022, the Wagenheim Fiction Prize in 2012, and was a winner of the AWP 2016 Intro Journals Project. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where much of her work takes place. She lives in Idaho, where she is an assistant professor in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Boise State University.


The audiobook edition of my short story collection I Have the Answer is out on Audible. I was thrilled to read four of the stories and the other nine are narrated by incredible voice actors. You can access the audiobook at the link above, but I also have a few free promo codes left. Feel free to email me if you are interested at Thanks!


  1. Fantastic story in terms of setting and multiple well-conceived conflicts. The interview generated insight and really highlighted the strengths of the work.

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