Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen

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in The United States
August 22, 1962




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KATE CHRISTENSEN is the author of six previous novels, most recently The Astral. The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has published reviews and essays in numerous publications, most recently the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, O, Elle, and Gilt Taste. She writes an occasional drinks column for The Wall Street Journal called "With a Twist." She lives in Portland, Maine.

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For about the past month, Ive been in a state of waxing and waning dread: low-level, then sharp, then low-level, then sharp again. And for more than six years before that, ever since I left my marriage and started the process of separation and divorce, Ive been in limbo, first guilty, sad, and nervous, and then, over the years, increasingly angry, resentful, and at times, murderous (show me one...

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Average rating: 3.40 · 9,457 ratings · 1,763 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
The Great Man
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 1,924 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
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Blue Plate Special: An Auto...
3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 1,643 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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The Epicure's Lament
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 972 ratings — published 2004 — 7 editions
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The Astral
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 1,041 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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2.93 of 5 stars 2.93 avg rating — 770 ratings — published 2009 — 8 editions
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In the Drink
3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 664 ratings — published 1999 — 8 editions
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Jeremy Thrane
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 221 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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The Bitch in the House: 26 ...
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 2,303 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Tin House: Winter Reading
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2008
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June 2011, Kate Christensen
"Her Favorite Books About Losers: This novelist loves antiheroes, listing her top five losers in literature, not including the hapless subject of her new book, The Astral." ...More

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“Friendship is a strange animal. It only thrives in voluntary enjoyment of each other's company, in the pleasure of nonobligatory connection. I repeat: You owe me nothing.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral

“My sudden, unforeseen capitulation had knocked me backward, and I had nothing to hold on to. My internal weather was eerily calm, as if in a tornado's aftermath, birdsong, sunshine, supersaturated colors, wreckage all around, and myself, dazed and limping.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral

“It happened every single day in Brooklyn: awaken to fresh glory, fall asleep to blight and ruin.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral


When it comes to food and spending a pleasant evening at home, you:

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Cozy up with a book & comfort food. Pancakes for dinner, anyone?
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Try a delicious new recipe—cooking is the best relaxant.
  310 votes, 20.7%

Watch a show. Takeout is more your thing.
  279 votes, 18.6%

Read a foodie memoir and pair it with a dish from said memoir.
  20 votes, 1.3%

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