Cities I've Never Lived In

Fearlessly riding the line between imagination and experience, fact and fiction, the linked stories in Sara Majka’s debut collection offer intimate glimpses of a young New England woman whose life must begin afresh after a divorce. Traveling the roads of Maine and the train tracks of Grand Central Station, moving from vast shorelines to the unmade beds of strangers, these fourteen stories circle the dreams of a narrator who finds herself turning to storytelling as a means of working through the world and of understanding herself. A book that upends our ideas of love and belonging, and which asks how much of ourselves we leave behind with each departure we make, Cities I’ve Never Lived In exposes, with great sadness and great humor, the ways in which we are most of all citizens of the places where we cannot stay.

Cities I've Never Lived In is the second book in Graywolf's collaboration with the literary magazine A Public Space. It was Published Feb 16, 2016. Read an excerpt from Graywolf here. Order from Amazon here. Or order from your local indie bookstore here.

“Prodigal with insight into why and how people love and leave, and love again. Humane, dazzling, and knowing.”     — Kelly Link

photo credit: Chris Ward

photo credit: Chris Ward

When she was young, SARA MAJKA's family moved along the New England coast, living in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Maine, and even for a time in a lighthouse. She received graduate degrees from Umass-Amherst and Bennington College and was awarded a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Cities I've Never Lived In is her first book.


June 11, 2017. I'll be teaching an online workshop for Catapult in a few weeks! You can sign up here.

September 23, 2016. A few updates: Cities just went into its third printing (!) and I've added reading dates over the next few months.

March 4, 2016. Just got back from my west coast book tour in time for a review from the New York Times Book Review.

February 19, 2016. Cities I've Never Lived In is now available in stores! You can read an interview about the book, "On the Fictional Self," at  A Public Space and another one I did with Rebecca Worby over at Electric Literature.

January 28, 2016. Elle Magazine calls Cities I've Never Lived In "deeply moving" in their list of recommended new releases: "11 Addictive New Books to Keep You Warm During the Cold Winter."   

December 21, 2015. I'm happy to announce that this spring I'll be teaching a fiction workshop for Catapult/ Electric Literature in NYC. The course runs March 15 –April 19, on Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 8:30pm. A list of all the courses and signups can be found here. Also, see Travelers, a story of mine, on the Catapult site.

October 31, 2015. Longreads just put up my title story, "Cities I've Never Lived In" with an introduction by my friend and former classmate A. N. Devers--her intro. gives a nice/brief history of some of the stories in the collection.