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Name  Susan Minot
Role  Novelist
Movies  Evening, Stealing Beauty

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Education  Columbia University School of the Arts, Columbia University, Brown University, Concord Academy
Books  Lust and Other Stories, Evening: A Novel, Rapture, Poems 4 am, Monkeys
Similar People  Lajos Koltai, Michael Cunningham, Bernardo Bertolucci, Darius Khondji, Jeffrey Sharp

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Susan Minot rhymes with 'sign it' (born December 7, 1956) is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter and painter.


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Early life

Minot was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts. Her father George Richards Minot was born in 1927 and worked as a banker and stock broker in Boston. Her mother born Helen Ruth Hannon in 1929, known as Carrie Minot, was a mother and homemaker, was killed January 16, 1978 when the car she was driving was hit at a train crossing, the signals being down after an ice storm. She has three sisters (all mothers): Carrie Minot Bell, an artist; Dinah Minot Hubley, a photographer and non-profit manager; Eliza Minot Price, a novelist, and three brothers (all fathers) George Minot, a novelist, nutritionist and yoga teacher; Sam Minot, a painter; and Christopher Minot, an artist and museum installer. She graduated from Concord Academyin 1974 and then attended Brown University, where she studied writing and painting. In 1983 she graduated from Columbia University School of the Arts with an M.F.A. in creative writing.


Minot's first book, Monkeys, won the 1987 Prix Femina Étranger in France and was published in a dozen countries. Her other books all published internationally are "Lust & Other Stories," "Folly," "Evening ," "Rapture," a poetry collection, "Poems 4 A.M." and "Thirty Girls."

In 1984 she received the first prize in Pushcart Prize for her story Hiding. Among the anthologies her fiction has been included in are: The Best American Short Stories 1984 and 1985, the Pen/ O Henry Prize Stories: 1985, 1989 and in 2011 for her story Pole, Pole.

Minot's poems and stories have been published in The New Yorker., Grand Street, the Paris Review, GQ, the Kenyon Review, River City, the New England Review, Swink, the Mississippi Review, H.O.W., British Marie Claire, Fiction, Northwest Humanities Review and the Atlantic Monthly.

Her non-fiction and travel writing have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing 2001 and the following magazines: McSweeney's, the New York Times, the Paris Review, Vogue, Travel and Leisure, Esquire, the American Scholar, House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveller, Victoria, and Porter Magazine.

Minot has taught creative writing at New York University, Stony Brook Southampton, 92nd Street YMCA, New York University, and Columbia University.

Minot wrote the screenplay for: Stealing Beauty (1996) with Bernardo Bertolucci, and co-authored Evening (based on her novel of the same name, 2007), with Michael Cunningham.

Minot's book of poems, Poems 4 AM, was published in 2002.

“The Little Locksmith,” a play based on the book by Katharine Butler Hathaway (1942) was performed in North Haven, Maine in 2002, starring Linda Hunt.

Themes and criticism

Time, death and desire are main themes in Minot's work. Sexuality and relationships, both romantic and familial are being explored. Her second book, Lust & Other Stories, focuses on "the relations between men and women in their twenties and thirties having difficulty coming together and difficulty breaking apart". Reviewing her novella Rapture in The Atlantic Monthly, James Marcus notes that "Sex and the single girl have seldom been absent from Susan Minot's fiction", and Dave Welch at identifies one of Minot's themes as "the emotional safeguards within family and romantic relations that hold people apart". About Lust, Jill Franks observes that Minot

"begins with short, simple sentences, building gradually to longer ones to create the inevitable conclusion: men don't love like women do."

In "Folly" a Bostonian woman of privileged background is involved with two different men as she tries to find equilibrium with her society and family in the era between the world wars. "Evening" is the story of a woman on her deathbed looking back over her whole life, but returning specifically to a wedding weekend forty years earlier when she fell in love and certain paths in her life were decided. It was nominated for Los Angeles Times Nook Award. "Thirty Girls" is the story of two women: one a young Ugandan girl of 15 who has escaped from living two years with armed bandits of the LRA led by Joseph Kony after being kidnapped from her Catholic boarding school in northern Uganda and is recuperating in a bare bones rehabilitation camp and the other, an American writer, traveling with free spirits on a journalist trip to Uganda to report on the story of the abducted children.

Personal life

Minot was married in 1991 to Davis McHenry and divorced in 1993. She lived with her second husband, Charles Pingree of North Haven Maine from 2000 to 2009. Their daughter Ava Minot Pingree was born in 2001. She lives with her daughter in New York City and on the island of North Haven.

Novels and stories

  • Monkeys. New York: Dutton, 1986. ISBN 978-0-525-24342-7
  • Lust & Other Stories. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. ISBN 978-0-395-48888-1
  • Folly Washington Square Press, 1994. ISBN 978-0-7927-1565-8
  • Evening. New York: Knopf, 1998. ISBN 978-0-375-40037-7
  • Rapture. New York: Knopf, 2002. ISBN 978-0-375-41327-8
  • Thirty Girls. New York: Knopf, 2014. ISBN 978-0-307-26638-5
  • Screenplays

  • Stealing Beauty. With Bernardo Bertolucci. New York: Grove Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-8021-3492-9
  • Evening. With Michael Cunningham. 2007.
  • Poetry

  • Poems 4 A.M. New York: Knopf, 2003. ISBN 978-0-375-70955-5
  • References

    Susan Minot Wikipedia