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									Adam HaslettAdam Haslett
When Yale Law student Adam Haslett’s first short story collection, You Are Not a Stranger Here, was tapped by Corrections author Jonathan Franzen as the "Today" show's second-ever book club selection, Haslett’s somber set of tales dealing with depression was brought out into the national spotlight. While his debut may be dark, Haslett’s work carries with it bright promise.

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Adam Haslett
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1970
Place of Birth:
Porchester, New York
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1993; M.F.A., Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 1999; J.D., Yale Law School, graduating May 2003

2002 National Book Award Finalist

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								You Are Not a Stranger Here, Author: 
								Adam Haslett.

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You Are Not a Stranger Here
by Adam Haslett
Comprised of nine unique stories that introduce readers to a motley cast of characters -- each facing down the challenge of their lives -- You Are Not a Stranger Here is no light beach read. When asked about the rather maudlin mood of the book in a chat with, Haslett said, ”I don’t think of the stories as themselves depressing. Because something doesn’t have a happy ending doesn’t mean to me that it’s depressing or pessimistic. In fact, with a lot of the readers that have responded, the response is that it gets a real emotional connection to the characters and that, to me, seems really an optimistic thing.”

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Haslett's Picks

In an interview with Barnes &, Haslett mentioned William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Independent People by Halldor Laxness as favorite books. Said Haslett, "in general, the books that move me are those that manage to bring the pathos of the characters into the rhythm of the sentences."

*  Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
*  Independent People by Halldor Laxness
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								How to Be Alone, Author: 
								Jonathan Franzen.

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How to Be Alone
by Jonathan Franzen
It was a somewhat ironic gesture that Jonathan Franzen -- the Oprah Book Club’s first dis-invited guest -- selected You Are Not a Stranger Here for “Today’s Book Club“ in August 2002. Franzen, who also released a short story collection, How to Be Alone, called Haslett “a wonderful rarity: an old-fashioned young storyteller with something urgent and fresh and fiercely intelligent to say.”

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								Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown, Author: 
								Michael Cunningham.

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Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown
by Michael Cunningham
To get away and concentrate on his writing, Haslett deferred his admission to the prestigious Yale Law School to live in an artists' colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for a year. "P-Town," long known as idyllic escape for creative types, was recently immortalized by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham in Land's End -- a love letter to this writer's paradise at the tip of Cape Cod.

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