8 Great Questions: Curtis Sittenfeld

The Eligible and Prep author shares the book she wants everyone to read.

Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld has been grabbing our attention for a while. She landed on the scene with Prep, the boarding school novel that adolescent dreams (and nightmares) are made of, then followed it up with The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, Sisterland, and the Cincinnati-based, laugh-out-loud retelling of Pride and Prejudice, aptly titled Eligible. We can’t wait for her short story collection—You Think It, I’ll Say It—to land next year (until then, her stories in the New Yorker are tiding us over). We chatted with Curtis about the books she gifts to friends, the adjective she loves to hate, and the author whose work keeps calling her back.


Featured illustration: Lorenzo Gritti; Author Photo: © Jerry Bauer

CURTIS SITTENFELD is the bestselling author of the novels Prep, The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, Sisterland, and Eligible, which have been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as the forthcoming short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It. Her nonfiction has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and Glamour, and broadcast on public radio’s This American Life. A native of Cincinnati, she currently lives with her family in St. Louis.

About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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