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Megan Abbott

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Wife of Joshua Gaylord

Megan Abbott has taught literature, writing and film at New York University and the State University of New York at Oswego. Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University in 2000, and in 2002 Palgrave Macmillan published her nonfiction study, The Street Was Mine.
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Anthony Awards Best First Novel nominee (2006) : Die a Little
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2008) : Queenpin
Barry Awards Best Paperback Novel winner (2008) : Queenpin
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2010) : Bury Me Deep
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2012) : The End of Everything
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2013) : Dare Me
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2017) : You Will Know Me
Macavity Awards Best Book nominee (2017) : You Will Know Me

Megan Abbott recommends
Print the Legend (2010)
(Hector Lassiter, book 8)
Craig McDonald
"With Print the Legend, with a James Ellroy-like scope and vision of national history, McDonald takes on governmental conspiracy, Hemingway hagiography, the under-history of the FBI, the Death of the Author (literal and figurative) and the tantalizing, destructive mythologization of the Writer's Life. While the scale is immense, McDonald's hand is deft, and we never forget that, at its center, this is a human story, complex and bruising and deeply felt."
The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas (2010)
(Charlie Howard, book 3)
Chris Ewan
"Sparkling... an utterly irresistible Sin City caper."
The Dewey Decimal System (2011)
Nathan Larson
"Like Motherless Brooklyn fused with Charlie Huston... Utterly fresh, inventive, and affecting."
The Bear (2014)
Claire Cameron
"An emotional tour de force."
Down the Darkest Street (2016)
(Pete Fernandez, book 2)
Alex Segura
"With a damaged-yet-resilient hero, the meanest of streets and the twistiestof crimes, Down the Darkest Street is tense and taut. A series not to be missed."
Murder at the 42nd Street Library (2016)
(42nd Street Library Mystery, book 1)
Con Lehane
"Not to be missed."
Sunset City (2016)
Melissa Ginsburg
"Suffused with longing, regret and a twisty eroticism... it entrances from its first pages."
Time to Win (2017)
(Goodwins, book 1)
Harry Brett
"A winner on all counts."
Every Last Lie (2017)
Mary Kubica
"With Every Last Lie, Mary Kubica spins an utterly mesmerizing tale of marriage and secrets. Haunting, psychologically deft and full of hairpin turns (every one earned), it'll have you rapt until its final pages, and also richly rewarded by them."
The Marsh King's Daughter (2017)
Karen Dionne
"I was drawn into Karen Dionne's The Marsh King's Daughter from its first captivating sentences. Troubling, sinuous and powerfully told, you won't be able to stop turning the pages,"
She Rides Shotgun (2017)
Jordan Harper
"In Polly McClusky, the eleven-year-old girl at the heart of his darkly irresistible debut novel She Rides Shotgun, Jordan Harper gives us a hero for our times. With shades of Mattie Ross but an intelligence and fervor all her own, she is unforgettable."
Watch Me Disappear (2017)
Janelle Brown
"Tantalizing and twisty, Watch Me Disappear is both a spider’s web of a thriller and a moving exploration of the deeper mysteries of marriage and family. You won’t be able to put it down, but you won’t forget it either."
Sunburn (2018)
Laura Lippman
"Note-perfect noir ... not to be missed."
The Lonely Witness (2018)
William Boyle
"With echoes of Lehane and Pelecanos but with a rhythm and poignancy all its own."

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