AB with honors, Cornell University, 1955. Bachelor of Laws with honors, Yale University, 1958.
Born as Laura Mae Chapman in The Bronx, she was raised in Manhattan. After a short career as an attorney, she quit to start a family and focus on writing. She published three novels (as Laura Chapman).\r\nThe publishing house is unusual in accepting—and actually reading—unsolicited works.
One of Soho Press"s notable discoveries was Breath, Eyes, Memory by the then-unknown Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat. In 1994, the company started the Soho Crime imprint dedicated to mysteries with foreign settings.\r\nIn 2008, it forged a partnership with Constable & Robinson to publish British crime fiction in the United States. Hruska died on January 9, 2010 of cancer, aged 74, in Manhattan.
Member Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Phi.
Married Alan J. Hruska. Children: Bronwen, Andrew Chapman, Matthew Ross.