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Matt Ruff

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I was born in New York City in 1965. I decided I wanted to be a fiction writer when I was five years old and spent my childhood and adolescence learning how to tell stories. At Cornell University I wrote what would become my first published novel, Fool on the Hill, as my senior thesis in Honors English. My professor Alison Lurie helped me find an agent, and within six months of my college graduation Fool on the Hill had been sold to Atlantic Monthly Press. Through a combination of timely foreign rights sales, the generous support of family and friends, occasional grant money, and a slowly accumulating back list, I’ve managed to make novel-writing my primary occupation ever since.

My third novel, Set This House in Order, marked a critical tur
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Yesterday HBO revealed three more casting choices for the Lovecraft Country series:


, who I first saw in The Hunt for Red October half a lifetime ago, will play Atticus’s uncle George.


(Of Mind and Music) will play Hippolyta.


(The Night Manager, Widows) will play Christina Braithwhite, “the only daughter of Samuel Braithwhite.”


They join Jonathan Majors (Atticus), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Letitia),...

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Bad Monkeys

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Set This House in Order

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Fool on the Hill

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The Mirage

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Fool on the Hill: A Novel

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“Loosely translated Der schlechte Affe hasst seinen eigenen Geruch means that people are most deeply offended by moral failings that mirror their own.”
Matt Ruff, Bad Monkeys

“But stories are like people, Atticus. Loving them doesn't make them perfect. You try to cherish their virtues and overlook their flaws. The flaws are still there, though. But you don't get mad.”
Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country

“George sat on his porch, and drank his Coke and made daydreams out of the rain. He wondered about the book he would write this year, and he wondered - not too desperately - whether love would find him at last and let him rest for a time. But he smiled all the while he was thinking about it, because at the core he was happy enough just to be alive and watching the storm, and this one thing made him special.”
Matt Ruff, Fool on the Hill

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