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Elizabeth Graver

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Nationality  American
Occupation  author, professor

Name  Elizabeth Graver
Role  Writer
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Born  July 2, 1964 (age 51) (1964-07-02) Los Angeles, California
Alma mater  Wesleyan University (B.A., 1986) Washington University in St. Louis (M.F.A., 1999)
Education  Cornell University (1990–1992)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
Books  The End of the Point, The honey thief, Unravelling, Have You Seen Me?, Awake

Furious Fiction: Elizabeth Graver Interview

Elizabeth Graver (born 1964) is a contemporary American writer of fiction and non-fiction.



Graver was born in Los Angeles on July 2, 1964, California, and grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1986, and her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. She also did graduate work at Cornell University. A recipient of fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts, she has been a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Boston College since 1993. Married to civil rights lawyer James Pingeon, Graver is the mother of two daughters; Chloe and Sylvie.

Graver writes character-driven psychological fiction set in a wide variety of times and places, as well as more experimental short fiction, and non-fiction essays on a variety of subjects. Her 2013 novel, "The End of the Point," has met with praise since its release. The novel, featured by New York Times Book Review editor Alida Becker, is set in a summer community on the coast of Massachusetts from 1942 through 1999 and is a layered meditation on place and family across half a century. Graver's first novel, Unravelling, is set in 19th-century America in the Lowell textile mills and tells the story of a fiercely independent young woman and the life she eventually fashions for herself. The Honey Thief, a contemporary novel, explores a mother/daughter relationship, as well as the fall-out of living with—and losing—a mentally ill father. In Awake, Graver uses the genetic disease Xeroderma Pigmentosum to explore a mother's relationships with her sons, her husband and, eventually, her lover; the novel is set at a camp for children with this rare disease. In a review of Unravelling in The New York Times Book Review, Benjamin DeMott wrote, "Exceptional . . . Intensely imagined, right-valued, memorable." In a Chicago Tribune review of The Honey Thief, John Gregory Brown wrote, "One of our finest writers on the grand drama of simply growing up."


  • National Book Award in Fiction Long List for The End of the Point, 2013
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowships, 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Yaddo Foundation Fellowship, 2016
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1992
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1991
  • 1991 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, for Have You Seen Me? (Judge: Richard Ford)
  • 1991 Cohen Award Ploughshares Magazine, for “The Mourning Door”
  • Her work has been widely anthologized, including in: Best American Short Stories (1991, 2001), Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards (1994, 1996, 2001), The Pushcart Prize Anthology (2001), and Best American Essays (1998)
  • Novels

  • The End of the Point (2013)
  • Awake (2005)
  • The Honey Thief (2000)
  • Unravelling (1999)
  • Short stories

  • Have You Seen Me?'' (1991)
  • Anthologies (selected)

  • "Two Baths": Best American Essays 1991, Cynthia Ozick, guest ed.
  • “The Mourning Door”: ''Best American Short Stories 2001, Barbara Kingsolver, guest ed.; Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards, Mary Gordon, Michael Chabon, Mona Simpson, guest eds; Pushcart Prize XXVI: Best of the Small Presses, Bill Henderson, ed.
  • “Between”: Prize Stories 1996: The O. Henry Awards, William Abrahams, ed.
  • “The Boy Who Fell Forty Feet”: Prize Stories 1994: The O. Henry Awards," William Abrahams, ed.
  • “The Body Shop”: Best American Short Stories 1991, Alice Adams, guest ed.
  • References

    Elizabeth Graver Wikipedia

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