Sigrid Nunez


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Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, and, most recently, The Friend. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and The Believer. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including four Pushcart Prize volumes and four anthologies of Asian American literature.

Sigrid’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize
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The Friend

3.84 avg rating — 6,149 ratings — published 2018 — 11 editions
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The Last of Her Kind

3.65 avg rating — 1,438 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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Sempre Susan: A Memoir of S...

3.81 avg rating — 580 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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Salvation City

2.98 avg rating — 642 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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A Feather on the Breath of God

3.85 avg rating — 464 ratings — published 1995 — 7 editions
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For Rouenna

3.77 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 2001 — 7 editions
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Mitz The Marmoset of Blooms...

3.67 avg rating — 118 ratings — published 1998 — 7 editions
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Naked Sleeper

3.24 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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LitMag: Issue 02

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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-...

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“What we miss - what we lose and what we mourn - isn't it this that makes us who, deep down, we truly are. To say nothing of what we wanted in life but never got to have.”
Sigrid Nunez, The Friend

“Tempted to put too much faith in the great male mind, remember this: It looked at cats and declared them gods. It looked at women and asked, Are they human? And, once that nut had been cracked: But do they have souls?”
Sigrid Nunez, The Friend

“Consider rereading, how risky it is, especially when the book is one that you loved. Always the chance that it won't hold up, that you might, for whatever reason, not love it as much. When this happens, and to me it happens all the time (and more and more as I get older), the effect is so disheartening that I now open old favorites warily.”
Sigrid Nunez, The Friend

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