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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.
Anthologies edited
   The Story Behind the Story (2004) (with Peter Turchi)
Non fiction
   A Kite in the Wind (2011) (with Peter Turchi)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (1996) : Ship Fever
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : Servants of the Map

Andrea Barrett recommends
Desperate Characters (1970)
Paula Fox
"A perfect short novel…As in Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, everything crucial within our souls bared."
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
Karen Joy Fowler
"In this curious, wonderfully intelligent novel, Karen Joy Fowler brings to life a most unusual family."
Euphoria (2014)
Lily King
"Fresh, brilliantly structured, and fully imagined, this novel radically transforms a story we might have known, as outsiders - but now experience, through Lily King's great gifts, as if we'd lived it."
The World of Tomorrow (2017)
Brendan Mathews
"Brash, bold, completely entertaining, and dazzling in its evocation of time and place, Brendan Mathews's splendid debut offers pleasures on every page."
The Pelton Papers (2020)
Mari Coates
"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."
The Blackmailer's Guide to Love (2021)
Marian Thurm
"Through her wide-eyed young heroine, Thurm wonderfully conveys the fantasies, disillusions, and vanities of literary New York in the late 1970s. Her biting sketches of the era's key figures bring that lost world alive in granular detail."

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