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Julie Orringer

USA flag (b.1973)

Julie Orringer was born in 1973 and grew up in New Orleans and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Cornell University. Her stories have appeared in several publications including The Paris Review, The Yale Review and Best New American Voices. Julie Orringer lives in San Francisco where she is currently at work on a novel. How to Breathe Underwater is her first book.

Genres: Historical
Series contributed to
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2011) : The Invisible Bridge

Julie Orringer recommends
Fractures (2013)
Lamar Herrin
"With a voice as clear and kind as William Maxwell's, and an acuity of vision as penetrating as J. M. Coetzee's, Lamar Herrin has produced a devastating novel about family, home, and the dangers of plundering the earth. Peopled with characters as real as anyone we know and love, Fractures is a chronicle of our time, one that thrusts to light the dark attraction of technological pioneerism even as it traces the forces that divide and unite us all. I stand in awe of Herrin's enormous talent and depth of heart."
A Separation (2017)
Katie Kitamura
"A mesmerizing novel, one whose force builds inexorably as its story unfolds in daring, unexpected strokes..."
St. Ivo (2020)
Joanna Hershon
"St. Ivo is a wise and revealing book, full of elegant menace?a novel whose tensions threaten to break its surface on every page. But Hershon is a master of control, showing us patiently, and with rich verisimilitude, how a parent’s love for an estranged child persists despite separation and silence; how longtime friendships hurt and heal; and how loss compels us to know ourselves, much as we might wish to look away."

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