Danielle Trussoni

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Danielle Trussoni
Born La Crosse, Wisconsin
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality American
Education BA, History and English Literature
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison

Danielle Anne Trussoni is an American writer. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. Her book Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir was chosen as one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times.


Trussoni was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and was named after her father Daniel Trussoni. She is one of four children (she has a younger sister, a younger brother and an older sister who was adopted out in 1970, before Danielle was born). Danielle met her older sister for the first time as an adult. After her parents divorced, she lived for a brief time with her father. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison summa cum laude with a BA in History and English in 1996; and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received an MFA in Fiction Writing in 2002.


Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and Tin House, among other publications.

Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir, which dealt with her efforts to understand her father and his experiences as a tunnel rat in the War in Vietnam, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006.Falling Through the Earth was recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, Elle Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for April 2006 and was chosen as a Book Sense Pick for March 2006.

Her novel Angelology, (Viking Press, 2010) received a great deal of attention prior to publication. Seven publishing houses vied for the publishing rights. Angelology went on to become a New York Times Bestseller[1] and has been translated into thirty-two languages. Two motion picture companies, Columbia and Universal, bid for the film rights, which went to Columbia. The film will be produced by Will Smith's Overbrook production company and directed by Marc Forster, director of Finding Neverland and Quantum of Solace, among other films. The screenplay has been adapted by Michael Goldenberg, whose work includes Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Where the Wild Things Are. Trussoni is planning a series and the second book, Angelopolis, is due out March 26, 2013.




  • Harrison, Kathryn (March 12, 2006). "The War at Home". The New York Times.
  • Falkenstein, Linda (June 13, 2008), Novelist Rae Meadows spills the beans on her latest book; plus a look at more local works. Isthmus Publishing Company, Inc.,

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