Jennifer Egan (born September 7, 1962) is an American novelist and short-story writer. Egan's novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
She was born in Chicago as fourth-generation Irish but grew up in San Francisco. After graduating from Lowell High School, she majored in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate, Egan dated Steve Jobs, who installed a Macintosh computer in her bedroom. After graduating, Egan spent two years at St John's College, Cambridge, supported by a Thouron Award, where she earned an M.A. She came to New York in 1987 and worked an array of jobs, such as catering at the World Trade Center, while learning to write.
She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, among other periodicals, and her journalism appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine.
Egan's first novel, The Invisible Circus, was released in 1995 and adapted into a film of the same name released in 2001.She has published one short story collection and four novels, among which Look at Me was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.
Awards & Accolades
Egan received a Thouron Award in 1986,she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996.
In 2002 she wrote a cover story on homeless children that received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award.
She was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2004–2005.
Her 2008 story on bipolar children won an Outstanding Media Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
In 2011 she was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
That same year she won the National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction),the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Pulitzer Prize for A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Egan won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Manhattan Beach. The novel was also longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award.
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