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Elizabeth McCracken

USA flag (b.1966)
Wife of Edward Carey

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of five books: Heres Your Hat Whats Your Hurry (stories), the novels The Giants House and Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and the forthcoming Thunderstruck & Other Stories.  Shes received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston, and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.  She holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin, and boy are her arms tired.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   The Giant's House (1996)
   Niagara Falls All Over Again (2001)
   Bowlaway (2019)
   The Hero of This Book (2022)
Elizabeth McCracken recommends
Plastic (2024)
Scott Guild
"I don't know how to describe Scott Guild's Plastic, a stunningly brilliant novel, other than to say it is profound, hilarious, wrenching, bizarre, about an imaginary universe with incalculable complexities that is also somehow our own broken world. It's one of those books that will follow you around, into your dreams and your daily life. You have never read anything like it. Scott Guild is an endlessly inventive and deeply exciting writer, morbid and funny and strange and humane."
This is Salvaged (2023)
Vauhini Vara
"The stories in Vauhini Vara's This Is Salvaged are brilliant, entirely human, abidingly strange. She is one of our most inventive writers of fiction, as well as visionary, with a gift for writing about grief both extraordinary and ordinary. This Is Salvaged is unforgettable."
Every Drop is a Man's Nightmare (2023)
Megan Kamalei Kakimoto
"In Every Drop is a Man's Nightmare, the enormously talented Megan Kakimoto gives us her Hawai'i, as bright as blood, as dark as blood. It's a book about beauty and brutality, love and threat, home and estrangement, as original and fearless a book as I've read in years. It does not pull its punches; it's altogether a knockout. Eleven knockouts, one KO for every story."

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Books containing stories by Elizabeth McCracken
The Best American Short Stories 2022 (2022)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Andrew Sean Greer
The Best American Short Stories 2020 (2020)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Curtis Sittenfeld
Cutting Edge (2019)
New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers
edited by
Joyce Carol Oates

More books 

1996 Granta Best of Young American Novelists

Award nominations
1996 National Book Award for Fiction (nominee) : The Giant's House

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