Darin Strauss is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than it Hurts You, and most recently a memoir, Half a Life, which O Magazine called, “a remarkable, beyond-brave memoir.” Strauss is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim, an American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes. His books have been named New York Times Notable Books, Entertainment Weekly Must Books of the Year, and Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others.
On noting the challenges of writing fiction versus memoir, Strauss explains, “You have to plum just as deeply in fiction as you do in nonfiction or else it’s just not going to be good. That’s the thing about writing – you have to be completely honest. People have to recognize something universally true or else they’re going to think they’re reading something that’s, like, a daydream.”
His work has been widely anthologized and excerpted, has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries He is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's creative writing program, and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.
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