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Barbara Ucko (1945 - ) garnered praise for two comic novels published in the 1980s that featured oddball characters who faced larger-than-life everyday challenges.
Born Barbara Clark on March 24, 1945 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the future novelist attended Oberlin College from which she graduated in 1967. Following her 1972 marriage to David A. Ucko, she worked as a copywriter for Cambridge University Press and for Bantam Books. In 1975, she was appointed promotional director of school and college division of Pocket Books, and then served as promotional director at Antioch Press.
Ucko published her first novel, Family Trappings (St. Martin’s), a comic romp about a married couple coping with the wife’s eccentric family, in 1985 to mostly positive reviews. She followed with Scarlett Greene (St. Martin’s, 1987), centered on an overweight teen with indifferent parents who escapes her small town, heads to college in Madison, Wisconsin, and embarks on ill-fated love affairs. Reviewers praised the author for her realistic characters and eccentric humor.
In recent years, Ucko has been active with Miriam’s Writer’s Forum, running a workshop in the creation of personal essays, a program of Miriam’s Kitchen, which assists the homeless in the Washington, DC, area.
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