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Andrea Barrett


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Andrea Barrett was born in 1954 and grew up on Cape Cod. She studied at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she received a BA in biology and briefly attended a PhD in zoology. She began writing seriously in her thirties and first found significant success with Ship Fever (1996) a collection of short stories that won the National Book Award. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001. Her 2002 collection of short stories, Servants of the Map, was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
 
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Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1996) : Ship Fever
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : Servants of the Map


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The World of Tomorrow (2017)
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The Pelton Papers (2020)
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"Beautifully lucid, calm, and radiant, this lovely novel illuminates what it really means to shape a life around the making of art. To rise, having been disappointed. To rise, again and again."

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