Open City #2

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890447137
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/17/2000
  • Series: Open City
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha McPhee
Martha McPhee
Martha McPhee first introduced readers to the charismatic Furey clan in 1997 with her debut novel Bright Angel Time, for which she received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to complete. The NEA’s money was well spent -- McPhee’s follow-up novel, Gorgeous Lies, garnered a 2002 National Book Award nomination.

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A large portion of McPhee's family all had books published in the fall of 2002. McPhee reports, "Of all of them I am in awe. The list includes my husband, Mark Svenvold's Elmer McCurdy: The Life and Strange Afterlife of an American Outlaw (Basic Books), my sister Jenny McPhee's paperback of her first novel The Center of Things (Ballantine Books); my half-sister Joan Sullivan's memoir An American Voter: My Love Affair with Presidential Politics (Bloomsbury); my father John McPhee's 25th book of nonfiction, The Founding Fish (FSG); my sister Sarah McPhee's work of art historical research, Bernini and the Belltowers: Architecture and Politics of the Vatican (Yale University Press).

While McPhee's father John is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, McPhee told us that "my mother has always wanted to be a writer, and indeed believes the gene is hers. When my little sister, Joan, product of my mother and stepfather, finished her first and beautiful book, my mother declared it proof the gene was hers."

One of McPhee's first jobs was as a caterer for wealthy Park Avenue New Yorkers. "I could write a sort of Nanny Diaries about the famous literati that I fed and served," she confides, "but for the meantime I'll be silent."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Bowdoin College, 1987; M.F.A., Columbia University, 1994

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