1985 - First Work

Slow Dancing

By Elizabeth Benedict

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: Out of Print

Finalists for First Work of Fiction That Year:

  • Elizabeth Benedict for Slow Dancing
  • Cecile Pineda for Face

Winner for First Work of Fiction That Year: Bob Shacochis for Easy in the Islands

Fiction Judges That Year: Not Available

The Year in Literature:

  • Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • Claude Simon won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Slow Dancing was Benedict’s first of five novels, including Almost (2001) and The Practice of Deceit (2005). She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers, and the editor of the anthology, Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (2009).

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