Sarah Gilbert Fox is a novelist (under her maiden name, Sarah Gilbert), a journalist, an editor and an artist/sculptor. She was born in Athens, Georgia, and has lived up and down the east coast of America, as well as in Paris, France. Her first novel was discovered by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; however, Jamie Raab (the Publisher of Grand Central Publishing) was the editor who snagged it (under the Warner Books imprint)… only after the book had landed on a sport’s editor’s desk, and then said editor went to lunch with Jamie, laughing at how an agent could be stupid enough to send a sport’s editor a book called Hairdo. Et Voilà.

A photo of some of the novels sarah gilbert fox has written, includa photo of some of the novels sarah gilbert fox has written, including: hairdo, a league of their own, summer gloves, dixie riggs, and some of the fourteen languages in which they were publishedPraise for Sarah Gilbert

“A witty and imaginative writer: her irreverence is refreshing. Sarah Gilbert has a keen eye for revealing detail and a nice touch with dialogue.” – Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

“Sarah Gilbert is the funniest woman writer since Flannery O’Connor.” – Vanity Fair Magazine

“Gilbert’s nervy, equivocating heroines invite readers to share their hang-ups and their victories, and even seem to posses the ability to absolve guilt.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Ms. Gilbert insightfully illustrates the way family habits are perpetuated and delivers a powerful message about personal tyranny.” The New York Times

“Sarah Gilbert’s prose is swift, clean and clear.” – The Baltimore Sun

“Sarah Gilbert has an enviable freewheeling, and seemingly fearless, energy.” – Interview Magazine

“Who could fail to look forward to the next appointment with a writer who describes rain on a car rooftop as sounding ‘like little dogs running across linoleum’?” – Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

“She’s got a literary reputation.” – David Streitfeld, Washington Post Book World

“Sarah Gilbert is a terrific talent with a unique voice.” – John Jakes

“In the 50’s it was Chuck Berry and ‘Roll Over, Beethoven.’ In the 90s it’s Sarah Gilbert and eat your heart out Flaubert.” – Roy Blount, Jr.

“She says what she wants to say the way she wants to say it. That is rare… I await her next book. For me, that spells true inspiration.” – Kaye Gibbons

“I’m proud to stand up at the literary baptism of a fellow Carolinian. Her godparents are bound to be Eudora Welty and Garrison Keillor.” – Michael Malone

“Sarah Gilbert is a gifted writer. She writes like a combination of Merle Haggard and Roger Miller, with a touch of Charles Portis thrown in. Gilbert is flashy and funny, but underneath it, she is as smart as they come.” – Glamour Magazine

Praise for HAIRDO (Warner Books)

Hairdo has a weird, sunny energy and a lot of style.” – The Wall Street Journal

“The fun didn’t let up until the end of the last page. Read this book and meet one wild and funny bunch of characters. And meet one richly talented writer, Sarah Gilbert.” – Clyde Edgerton

Hairdo is smart and sassy – I LOVED IT!” – Lee Smith

Hairdo is a funny, true book.” – John Jakes

“Spicy… moving… Reading it is like eating barbecue while hanging around goggle-eyed, in the seraglio.” – Frederick Busch

“Funny all the way through, and big-hearted… as full of airy high spirits as a can of hair mousse.” – Valerie Sayers

Hairdo is a funny story.” – Charles Portis

“Her characters are wild and colorful; her setting is so vivid that you’ll smell perming solution… Hairdo is outrageously funny; like a regular customer, you’ll keep coming back.” – Jill McCorkle

“A truly funny and hairy debut.” – Roy Blount, Jr.

“Styled to perfection. Hairdo is ‘Steel Magnolia’ without the tears.” – The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Praise for DIXIE RIGGS (Warner Books)

Dixie Riggs shows that Gilbert is not a one-book writer. It’s raucous, wild, funny and, above all, a great tale.” – Ocala Star Banner

“Raucous and comic… Dixie Riggs is a delightfully fresh and funny voice that rings with the sublime righteousness of the truly innocent.” – Booklist

Dixie Riggs is a breezy read that runs along on sass, spunk, and good old redneck raunchiness.” – Kirkus Reviews

Dixie Riggs is marvelous. Sparks and humor abound. Dixie Riggs wins our hearts on the very first page.” – Indianapolis News

“A zingy, sexy story, with enough funny incidents and pithy aphorisms to fill up a book twice its size.” – The South Carolina State Newspaper

“If you’re depressed or feeling down, read Dixie Riggs. Line after line, paragraph after paragraph, page by page, all the way without let-up, Gilbert’s feisty, direct, combination of humor and effervescent characters is a direct hit.” – Macon-Beacon

“A hilarious and surprisingly touching Southern tale of romance, revenge and renewal.” – Detroit Free Press

“Gilbert can move a sentence as fast as Dixie peeling rubber with her yellow Dodge Charger.” – The Baltimore Sun

“This book is a dazzling, red-hot whippersnapper. And beneath the whippersnapping – there’s heart.” – Clyde Edgerton

Praise for SUMMER GLOVES (Warner Books)

“Summer gloves is as honest as it is funny.” The New York Times Review of Books

“A rollicking good farce.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Southern living, beauty contests, and lines so hilarious you’ll read the aloud.” – Cosmopolitan

“Summer Gloves is Sarah Gilbert’s audacious, insightful and characteristically hilarious third novel.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“If you’re ready for a few laughs, pull up a chair and read for a spell.” – The Orlando Sentinel

“Gilbert ‘s universal story is told with the timing of a standup comic and the biting wit and wisdom of one of her literary heroes, fellow Southerner, Flannery O’Connor.” The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)


  1. Lisa Hammersla says:

    Hi Sarah! I am trying to get in touch with you but I don’t have a current email after you left Jolie magazine to move on to bigger and better things! I want to see what you think about some things so if you get this please email or call me. Thanks!

  2. My, my…. a fascinating life. You appear to wake up and find a new adventure. One of your loves, France, has a full power magnet drawing me day in and day out. It’s a love affair of my life.

    I own and ad agency in NH with 8 employees and dabble at rentals in Paris and Provence. I have 2 sites for my france adventure. and I continuously promised myself to get a newsletter started but there is always one more to do to do. If I ever retire, I may fold it into action plan. I’m going to check out more of your writing. Any advice on the newsletter approach. Issue 1.

  3. Hey Sarah,

    Cool site you got here. You seem like one heck of a cool chick, and smart too. Oh, did I mention good looking? 😉

    Thanks for the follow on twitter, in the twitterverse.

    Drop us a line on the page sometime, would love to hear your comments on any of our stories or editorials.

    A.F. James MacArthur

    Managing Editor
    The Baltimore Spectator

  4. Hi there Sarah,
    This is your cousin Deborah, Jean Smith’s daughter. I don’t know why, but suddenly I got the urge to Google you, and here you are! Write to me sometimes.

  5. Randy says:

    Teacher, muse… unforgetable. Still a bright light in the heavens.


  6. Louis says:

    Wow! great website Sarah.

    I came across the copy I had of “Hairdo” and wondered what happened to you, so (as the usual investigative librarian that I am) I googled your name and came to your site.

    Glad to see you are online with an apparently loyal following.



  7. Tomassina says:

    Hi Sarah:

    Congratulations – keep in touch – if you
    ever need any freelance articles – I would be happy to assist . Good to see you landed above the Mason-Dixon line.


    (I wrote some fill in copy for Jolie – many moons ago for you…)

  8. Chère Sarah,

    J’espère que vous allez bien.

    Permettez-moi de vous présenter le blog de l’Hôtel que nous venons de mettre en ligne :

    Je serais très intéressé de connaître votre avis et vos éventuels conseils concernant sa promotion.

    Avec mon meilleur souvenir.

    Sincèrement votre.

    Jean Francis Danjou

  9. Sabrina fox Henderson says:

    Love ur books,and wanted to ask you about my grandfather Chauncey D. Fox,my Dad was Chauncey Jr.,dont have any one left to ask,would appreciate it very much.Sabrina

  10. diane fox says:

    Hi I’m Diane Fox my husband is related to you in some way…I have done research on Fox family and would be happy to share with you. You can email me at. thanks

  11. Henry Robson says:

    Hello Sarah – Didn’t you spend years at some wannabe internet rag manned by wannabe writers, “BONJOUR PARIS”?? Wha happened?! Good luck in everything you do, and everything you SAY you’re doing ;-).

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