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Kristen Loesch, Author

Kristen Loesch grew up in San Francisco. She holds a BA in History, as well as a Master’s degree in Slavonic Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her debut historical novel, THE PORCELAIN DOLL, was shortlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award and longlisted for the Bath Novel Award. After a decade living in Europe, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children.

THE PORCELAIN DOLL is coming out in the UK & Commonwealth from Allison & Busby (February 2022) and in the US & Canada from PRH Berkley (2023).

Also: Germany (Ullstein Verlag), Italy (Marsilio Editore), Spain & Latin America (Planeta), Hungary (Alexandra), Croatia (Znanje), and Bulgaria (Benitorial).


Cover of the book The Porcelain Doll

In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land ...
... Rosie lived peacefully in Moscow and her mother told her fairy tales. One summer night, all that came abruptly to an end when her father and sister were gunned down. Now, Rosie's only inheritance from her reclusive mother is a notebook full of eerie, handwritten tales, but there is another story lurking between the lines. Currently studying at Oxford University, Rosie has a fiance who knows nothing of her former life. Desperate for answers to the questions that have tormented her, Rosie returns to her homeland and uncovers a devastating family history which spans the 1917 Revolution, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin's purges and beyond. At the heart of those answers stands a young noblewoman, Tonya, as pretty as a porcelain doll, whose actions reverberate across the century ...

Pre-order in the UK: Waterstones

Short Fiction


FlashFlood Journal nominations 2021 for Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net for "Full Body Eraser" (January 2022)

Best Microfiction 2022 winner for "Tapeworm" (January 2022)

FlashBack Fiction Nominations 2021 for Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, and Best of the Net for "Tapeworm" (January 2022)

"Two Stories or How Much It Matters for Everything to Happen in Order" Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition 3rd Prize (November 2021)

"Between the Li(n)es" The Propelling Pencil Charity Flash Competition 2nd Place (October 2021)

"The Price You Pay" Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition Honorable Mention (July 2021)

Bath Short Story Award 3rd Prize (July 2021)

Retreat West Pitch to Win Contest Winner (June 2021)

Bath Flash Fiction Award Long List (June 2021)

Fractured Lit 100 Word Mini-Contest Winner (March 2021)

Craft Flash Fiction Contest Finalist (March 2021)

"Too Menny" Lunate 500 Highly Commended (December 2020)

"Orland’s Parakeet" Funny Pearls Short Story Competition Runner-Up (November 2020)

Flash 500 Shortlist (November 2020)

Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction Honorable Mention (August 2020)

"Watermelon Rind" Lunate 500 Shortlist (July 2020)

"Beyond the Line" Retreat West Micro Competition Winner (June 2020)

SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction Shortlist (June 2020)

"The Eyeglasses" Mslexia Short Story Competition Runner-Up (March 2020)

Caledonia Novel Award Shortlist (February 2020)

Bath Novel Award Longlist (June 2019)


BackStory with FlashBack Fiction (January 2021)

Smoke & Mirrors with SmokeLong Quarterly (September 2020)

Professional Writing Academy (May 2020)


For further information and enquiries, please contact Kristen's literary agents:


Sharon Galant
Zeitgeist Agency

+32 479 262843

US & Canada

Stéphanie Abou
Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
+1 212 352 2055

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