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Curtis Sittenfeld

New York Times-bestselling author of Prep, American Wife, Sisterland, and Eligible

  • About Curtis Sittenfeld

    Curtis Sittenfeld attracted nationwide attention with her New York Times bestselling debut, Prep, an insightful and achingly funny coming-of-age story the Boston Globe called “as addictive as M&Ms, but also a tart and complex tale of social class, race, and gender politics.” It was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year (2005) by The New York Times. Her third novel, American Wife, based loosely on the life of First Lady Laura Bush, received stellar reviews and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by TimePeople, and Entertainment Weekly. Her fourth novel, Sisterland, brought to life the tale of twin sisters whose relationship and identities are shaken when one of them goes on television to predict a devastating earthquake. She recently adapted a classic with Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Her forthcoming collection of short stories, You Think It, I’ll Say It, will be adapted into a miniseries starring Kristin Wiig and produced by Reese Witherspoon.

    Curtis engages audiences with her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives.  Her ability to connect with students, libraries, and community and literary groups make for insightful events with engaging discussions.

    Curtis Sittenfeld is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In addition to the 1.6 million copies of her novels in print, her nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, Allure, and Glamour, and broadcast on public radio’s This American Life.

  • Speaking Topics

    Conducting Research for Fiction

    Student Writer to Professional Writer: How It Works

    The Publishing Process, from an Idea to a Finished Book

    An Evening with Curtis Sittenfeld

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  • Praise for Curtis Sittenfeld

    Praise for You Think It, I’ll Say It

    Sittenfeld is always a treat. This collection of short stories is smart and funny and honest.


    You Think It, I’ll Say It has reeled me in. Unpretentious yet carefully honed prose…Sittenfeld takes even sharper aim.

    Library Journal

    Compassionate without being sentimental, hopeful without being naïve. The way we live now, assessed with rue and grace. Liberating.

    Kirkus Reviews

    Sittenfeld has wowed readers with her spectacular novels and now she's back with some excellent short fiction. Each one of these pieces has Sittenfeld's characteristic spark.


    In her first collection of stories… [Sittenfeld] writes with her trademark wit.

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    Sittenfeld proves once again why she's one of the finest observers of human nature writing today with a collection of potent pieces as funny as they are literary.


    Deeply relatable characters interacting in deeply human ways.

    Huffington Post

    Sharply observed and unforgettably crafted stories…The sheer power of Sittenfeld’s storytelling talents will leave you breathless.

    Southern Living

    Sittenfeld spins magic. Reading these consistently engrossing stories is a pleasure.

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Chronicling a rich array of life, love, and loneliness over the past two-and-a-half decades, Sittenfeld's first story collection takes no prisoners, showing us human relationships in all their messy permutations…In crisp, surprising language, these ten stories from novelist Sittenfeld put couples' foibles under the spotlight, offering damning details of banality.

    Library Journal (starred)

    In these 10 stories, Sittenfeld explores issues like ambition, desire, marriage, and social media envy—you know, the whole range of the human condition. She brings her unflinching eye, piercing wit and storytelling gifts to everything she does, making this collection a series of perfect gems, each one worth going over and over again, even as you’ll be secure in the knowledge that their shine will never fade, and that you’ll always discover a new facet you hadn’t noticed before.


    Praise for Eligible

    Bold and brilliant.


    If there exists a more perfect pairing than Curtis Sittenfeld and Jane Austen, we dare you to find it.... Sittenfeld makes an already irresistible story even more beguiling and charming.


    “[Sittenfeld] is the ideal modern-day reinterpreter. Her special skill likes not just in her clear, clean writing, but in her general amusement about the world, her arch, pithy, dropped-mic observations about behavior, character and motivation. She can spot hypocrisy, cant, self-contradiction and absurdity 10 miles away. She’s the one you want to leave the party with, so she can explain what really happened…not since ‘Clueless,’ which transported Emma to Beverly Hills, has Austen been so delightedly interpreted…Sittenfeld writes so well—her sentences are so good and her story so satisfying…As a reader, let me just say: Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.”

    Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

    Blissful... Sittenfeld modernizes the classic in such a stylish, witty way you’d guess even Jane Austen would be pleased.

    People (book of the week)

    Praise for Sisterland

    Palpably real… The author gives us an Updikean portrait of life in Kate and Jeremy’s comfortable St. Louis suburb that is every bit as well observed as the world of private school evoked in Prep…. So psychologically vivid that the reader easily overlooks the slick story line…Sisterland is a testament to the author’s growing depth and assurance as a writer.

    Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

    A rich portrait of intricate relationships within and among families by one of commercial fiction’s smartest, most perceptive practitioners . . . [With a] powerful denouement: a shocking yet completely plausible act.

    Kirkus (starred review)

    Hovering in that wildly desirable land where literary meets commercial, Sittenfeld is a writer who has fans waiting for her next novel and this summer delivers a page-turner.

    Publishers Weekly
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