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Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and St John's College, Cambridge.

Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From The Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her non-fiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Horror
   Black Box (2012)
   Why China? (2016)
Series contributed to
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2001) : Look at Me
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : The Keep
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : A Visit from the Goon Squad
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : A Visit from the Goon Squad
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2011) : A Visit from the Goon Squad
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2012) : A Visit from the Goon Squad
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel nominee (2018) : Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan recommends
A Day At the Beach (2007)
Helen Schulman
"A brave, ambitious, and devastating look at the impact of a national tragedy upon individual lives."
Night Swim (2011)
Jessica Keener
"This gripping first novel announces the arrival of a strong, distinct and fully evolved new voice."
The Next Right Thing (2012)
Dan Barden
"Everything you could hope for from a novel: suspenseful, hilarious, angry - above all, wildly original."
The Dakota Winters (2016)
Tom Barbash
"Conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City."
The Girls (2016)
Emma Cline
"Emma Cline’s first novel positively hums with fresh, startling, luminous prose. The Girls announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American fiction."
Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons (2017)
Tara Laskowski
"A bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills."
Woman No. 17 (2017)
Edan Lepucki
"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities."
The Balcony (2018)
Jane Delury
"The Balcony is sweeping, suspenseful, rich with surprises and eerie atmosphere. Jane Delury arrives on the scene of her debut with a sensibility fully formed and a breathtaking array of writerly gifts at her command."
The Distance Home (2018)
Paula Saunders
"A deeply involving portrait of the American postwar family: its promises and disruptions . . . surrounded by a rich, shimmering, sensuous landscape."
A Tall History of Sugar (2019)
Curdella Forbes
"A Tall History of Sugar is captivating from the very first page. Mythic in dimension yet movingly human in its details, alive with atmospheric richness, it heralds a fascinating new voice in English-language fiction."
Kingdomtide (2020)
Rye Curtis
"Kingdomtide is a truly spectacular first novel: weird, tender, funny, grotesque--above all, deeply, achingly human. It tugged at my thoughts during the days I spent reading it, and has made for itself a permanent place in my memory."
Homeland Elegies (2020)
Ayad Akhtar
"A passionate, wrenching portrayal of Americans exiled into otherness by a post 9/11 world."
On a Night of a Thousand Stars (2022)
Andrea Yaryura Clark
"With suspense and heartbreak, Andrea Yaryura Clark's debut novel explores the human toll of Argentina's Dirty War, whose atrocities can still upend the most cloistered and prosperous lives. On a Night of a Thousand Stars turns one woman's genealogical quest into a searing indictment of the complicity inherent in cultural silence."
The Partition (2022)
Don Lee
"The Partition is flat-out brilliant: a witty, kaleidoscopic tear through questions of race and identity in America today by a writer who has wrought luminous fiction from these issues for years. Don Lee's collection offers vivid, entertaining proof that ethnicity is never straightforward or easy - no matter who we are, or where we stand."

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