Joseph O’Neill

Author of the PEN/Faulkner award-winning novel Netherland

  • About Joseph O’Neill

    Growing up with an Irish father and a Turkish mother, and raised in Mozambique, South Africa, Iran, Turkey, and Holland, Joseph O’Neill is a true international artist. His latest book The Dog is a forward-looking novel set in Dubai that asks what has become of mankind’s moral progress. O’Neill is a charismatic speaker who talks about his work, the new immigrant experience, and sometimes even his accomplishments as a cricket batsman. 

    In 2009 O’Neill won the PEN/Faulkner Award for his mesmerizing post-9/11 novel Netherland that resonated with readers on both intellectual and emotional levels. In New York City after September 11, 2001, an especially vulnerable time, two immigrants, a Dutch banker and a Trinidadian small business owner bond over their shared loneliness, being outsiders, and over the sport of cricket. The “voice” of the novel, with its rueful reckoning of the complexities and allure of a changing world, captures the atmosphere and tone of our time.

    Joseph O’Neill is the author of two previous novels, This Is the Life and The Breezes. He also wrote Blood-Dark Track, a memoir about his grandfathers who were both imprisoned during World War II, which was a New York Times Notable Book.

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