The Big Grapple: Sarah Krasnostein

The Big Grapple: Sarah Krasnostein

'I was 18 and New York City was my mother. It taught me what one wore, and what one read. How to speak, and how to speak up. How to find silence in all that noise.'

Sarah Krasnostein reflects on how the 9th of November 2016 changed her relationship with New York and America, at The Big Grapple: Loving and Loathing New York City – a night of storytelling from Melburnians who don't heart NY.

The Big Grapple was part of MEL&NYC – a city-wide cultural festival celebrating all things New York and Melbourne – and featured nine stories about fantasy, failure and false starts. Watch the rest of the series to hear horror stories of gridlocked traffic, closet-sized apartments and dumpster-flavoured coffee.


Portrait of Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein was born in America, studied in Melbourne and has lived and worked in both countries. She is a law lecturer and researcher with a doctorate in criminal law. Her first book, The Trauma Cleaner, won the Victorian Prize for Literature and the Prize for Non-Fiction in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2018. Sarah lives in Melbourne and spends part of the year working in New York City.