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Sigrid Nunez

USA flag (b.1951)

Sigrid Nunez is the daughter of a Chinese-Panamanian father and a German mother. She was born and raised in New York City. She received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Columbia University. She has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School, and has been a visiting writer at Baruch College, Washington University, and the University of California, Irvine. She has also been on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and of several other writers' conferences across the United States. She lives in New York City.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
November 2023

The Vulnerables
   A Feather on the Breath of God (1995)
   Naked Sleeper (1996)
   Mitz (1998)
   For Rouenna (2001)
   The Last of Her Kind (2005)
   Salvation City (2010)
   The Friend (2018)
   What Are You Going Through (2020)
   The Vulnerables (2023)
Non fiction
   Sempre Susan (2011)
Sigrid Nunez recommends
Cheri (2023)
Jo Ann Beard
"Beard honours the beautiful, the sacred, and the comic in life, and for life's inescapable cruelites and woes she offers the wisdom of a sage."
How to Love Your Daughter (2023)
Hila Blum
"A mother's adoration of her only child might be commonplace, but it is never simple. Hila Blum explores one particular mother-daughter relationship with remarkable acuity. Her novel takes us on a suspenseful psychological journey as she plumbs a great mystery: how the purest maternal love can lead to the most unwanted and even disastrous consequences."
A Very Old Man (2022)
Italo Svevo
"For Svevo, life itself is a fatal pathology, the human condition a sickness for which there is no cure. There exists a treatment, however: laughter. Though the miseries of old age and fear of death are central to his late stories, a huge amount of laughter occurs in A Very Old Man."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Sigrid Nunez
Simpsonistas, Vol. 3 (2021)
(Simpsonistas, book 3)
edited by
Joseph Di Prisco
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Anthony Doerr

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