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Comments Lily Tuck
2011 PEN/O. Henry Award-winning Author

Each year when I read the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories I am filled with admiration, pleasure and—I have to admit—envy. This year I will feel much pleasure.

(author photo © Francine Laure)

Writing Tips

I write to know what I think. A lot of writers, most notably Don DeLillo, have said this and it is true for me as well. I am not a particularly articulate person which may be due to both the fact that I was an only child and that I grew up in several different countries—English is my third language—which resulted in my having a fairly solitary childhood. However, this early rootlessness provided me with a theme for my writing, and solitude, I have since learned, is a useful habit for a writer to acquire.

About the Author

Lily Tuck was born in France in 1939 and lived in South America as a child. She is the author of four novels, Interviewing Matisse or The Woman Who Died Standing Up, The Woman who Walked on Water, Siam, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist, The News from Paraguay, winner of the 2004 National Book Award, a collection of stories, Limbo and Other Places I Have Lived, and a biography, Woman of Rome, A Life of Elsa Morante. Her essay, Group Grief, was included in The Best American Essays 2006. Her novel Probability or I Married You for Happiness will be published in Fall 2011. She lives in New York City.

Writer's Desk

I am working on a short story collection called The House at Belle Fontaine.

Writer's Desk

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