Julie Orringer is making a splash with her breakthrough short story collection How to Breathe Underwater. Fellow author Ann Packer called it "the debut of an exceptionally gifted writer," and our Editors agree -- naming it as a finalist in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers award program.
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Also Known As:
Julie Ellen Orringer
San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
June 12, 1973
Place of Birth:
B.A., Cornell University, 1994; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1996 Stanford University, Stegner Fellowship, 1999-2001
Ploughshares Cohen Award for the short story "Pilgrims," 2001
|Barnes & Noble Discovers Great New Writers|
|How to Breathe Underwater: Stories|
"How to Breathe Underwater is an apt title for this debut, showcasing Orringer's considerable literary acumen," say our Editors. "Like objects suspended underwater, her characters think, feel, and act as if they're trapped under an invisible weight.... This short-story collection is an assured debut from a promising new writer."
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|An Author's Influences|
|In a recent interview, Orringer reveals some early inspirations in her journey toward becoming a writer: |
"During my junior year, Denis Johnson came to give a reading from Jesus' Son; he talked about the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his early writing experiences, and I read his book and loved it. Soon after, I started reading all the contemporary fiction I could get my hands on -- Raymond Carver, Charles Baxter, Mona Simpson, Tobias Wolff, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro -- I became a junkie, and never looked back."