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Adam Haslett

USA flag (b.1970)

Adam Haslett is an American fiction writer. He was born in Kingston, Massachusetts and grew up in Oxfordshire, England, and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College (B.A., 1992), the University of Iowa (M.F.A., 1999), and Yale Law School (J.D., 2003). He has been a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University. He currently lives in New York City, New York.

Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction
   Union Atlantic (2010)
   Imagine Me Gone (2016)
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Adam Haslett recommends
What Napoleon Could Not Do (2023)
DK Nnuro
"DK Nnuro's striking first novel offers its readers a highly nuanced portrait of how the shadow of American hegemony shapes the lives of two Ghanian siblings, one who immigrates and one who doesn't. In Nnuro's deft hands, these particulars rise into a vision, panoramic in scope, of the global trade not in goods and services but in fantasy, desire, and regret. Jacob and Belinda are characters you will not soon forget, and the ache of their lives caught between Ghana and the United States is at the heart of this subtle, surprising, and captivating novel."
God's Children Are Little Broken Things (2022)
Arinze Ifeakandu
"These are brilliant stories: heartbroken but pulsing with life, wise but never cynical, and soaked in an atmosphere so convincing it's like being inside a great album. The prose alone is worth the price of the ticket, as lush as it is exact, but through it comes whole worlds of longing and travail, youth and aging, queer love expressed in so many of its facets. Arinze Ifeakandu is a major talent, and God's Children Are Little Broken Things is a seriously good book."
Sea Wife (2020)
Amity Gaige
"Few writers have portrayed marriage and parenthood with more fierce intelligence than Amity Gaige, but in Sea Wife, she has outdone herself. This is an unforgettable portrait of a family that ventures out to sea, only to be riven by the weight of the past, and the politics of the present. Piercingly written and compelling from beginning to end, Sea Wife is a major accomplishment."

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Anthologies containing stories by Adam Haslett
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Katrina Kenison and Walter Mosley

National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : You Are Not a Stranger Here
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : You Are Not a Stranger Here
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2017) : Imagine Me Gone

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