Catherine Lacey

I think one of the biggest threats or hurdles to writing fiction is thinking you know what you’re doing, thinking you’re in control. Artists are constantly waiting for the moments where we get out of our own way and write as if no one is ever going to read it.

 granta best young american novelist

NEW YORK TIMES top ten books of 2017

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She seems to me one of the most exciting discoveries of the year, a young writer whose radiant voice will be sounding in our literature for many years to come.
— James Wood, The New Yorker
She’s the real thing, and in The Answers she takes full command of her powers... a novel of intellect and amplitude that deepens as it moves forward, until you feel prickling awe at how much mental territory unfolds.
— Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Catherine Lacey is the author of the short story collection Certain American States (FSG, 2018) , which the Chicago Tribune praised as "exactly what you would expect from Lacey: perfect sentences, penetrating insights, devastating epiphanies," The Answers (FSG, 2017), a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2017,  and Nobody is Ever Missing (FSG, 2014), a New Yorker Best Book of 2014. She has won a Whiting Award, was a finalist for the NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award, was named one of Granta Magazine's Best Young American Novelists, and has been compared to both Don DeLillo and Margaret Atwood.

Writing about The Answers, The Los Angeles Times said, "Like the work of Clarice Lispector or Rachel Cusk, Lacey’s novels seem to be on the verge of inventing a new genre somewhere between prose poem and fugue state." Discussing The Answers with Interview Magazine, Lacey notes, “I want things to be both beautiful and readable. I’m not trying to alienate a reader, or make someone think they can’t read it because they like more commercial things. I hope that there’s room for any sort of mind to encounter the book.”

Her work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German. With Forsyth Harmon, she co-authored a nonfiction book, The Art of the Affair. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, The Atlantic, and others.

Raised in Mississippi and curently based in Chicago, she is the 2017-2018 Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.



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