Hester Kaplan

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Hester Kaplan is an American short story writer, and novelist.


She grew up in Cambridge. She graduated from Barnard College.

She has taught writing at Rhode Island School of Design[1] and teaches at Lesley University.[2]

Her work appeared in Ploughshares, Story, Glimmer Train, and Agni,[3] "The Private Life of Skin", appeared in Southwest Review.

She is the mother of two boys, Alex and Toby.



  • Kinship Theory: A Novel. Back Bay. 2002. ISBN 978-0-316-50426-3.
  • The Edge of Marriage. W. W. Norton & Company. 2001. ISBN 978-0-393-32144-9.


  • Amy Tan (ed.). The Best American Short Stories 1999. ISBN 978-0-395-92684-0.
  • The Best American Short Stories 1998.


Work appearing in Ploughshares

  • "Goodwell", Ploughshares, Spring 1989
  • "Companion Animal", Ploughshares, Spring 2003