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