Philipp Meyer grew up in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore. His mother is an artist; his father taught college science for twenty years after working variously as a cabinet maker, electrician, and art installer.
The neighborhood, Hampden, had been hit hard by the collapse of various heavy industries, and crime and unemployment were high. Meyer attended city public schools until dropping out at age 16 and getting a GED.
He spent the next five years working as a bicycle mechanic and occasionally volunteering at Baltimores Shock Trauma Center.Meyer was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010 and a Dobie Paisano Fellow that same year.
He is an avid outdoorsman and splits his time between Austin, Texas and New York.
Philipp Meyer recommends
"Somewhere between Phillip Roth and Saul Bellow, an everyman's lament of life, and love in New York."
The Infinite (2016)
"Nick Mainieri is the real deal, and The Infinite is stunning. A compelling, brilliantly told debut, written with power and clarity."
Brian Van Reet
"Moving immediately into the pantheon of first-rate war novels, Spoils reads like a nightmare within a tragedy, a story that is both touchingly classic and brutally modern. This is a definitive record of the war that marked the end of the American Empire. One of the best novels of our time in the Middle East."
White Fur (2017)
"Brilliantly written and deeply felt, White Fur is a love story by turns comic and tragic, but always moving."
Rough Animals (2018)
"A brilliant, incandescent debut that will remind everyone of a young Cormac McCarthy."
The Dying of the Light (2018)
"Goolrick’s best book yet. A brilliant mashup of all the old greats, Faulkner and Fitzgerald and DH Lawrence, The Dying of the Light reads like Absolom, Absolom! meets The Great Gatsby meets Lady Chatterley’s Lover."
Night Train (2018)
"Thom Jones was a master of the short story, a master of the same brand of incandescent, hallucinatory creation of voices that made his contemporary Denis Johnson famous. It is a great gift for all of us to have the best of his work, new and old, here in one place. Night Train will be an amazing discovery for anyone who cares about literature."
The Abstainer (2020)
"A brilliant historical novel; part Cormac McCarthy and part Raymond Chandler. The Abstainer tells a story of people trapped by class, a simmering revolution, and their own frailty, but it’s ultimately a very human and compelling novel that gives us a clear glimpse into the hearts and souls of its characters. McGuire is a writer who isn’t afraid to take risks and change course from his previous books."
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