|Education||PhD in English and American Literature|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Notable award(s)||Edgar Award
Barry Award – Best Paperback Novel
Megan Abbott (born 1971) is an American author of crime fiction and a non-fiction analysis of hardboiled crime fiction. Her novels and short stories have drawn from and re-worked classic subgenres of crime writing, with a female twist.
Abbott grew up in suburban Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University, and has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013-2014, she served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.
Abbott was influenced by film noir, classic noir fiction, and Jeffrey Eugenides's novel The Virgin Suicides. Two of her novels reference notorious crimes. The Song Is You (2007) is based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler in 1949, and Bury Me Deep (2009) on the 1931 case of Winnie Ruth Judd, dubbed "the Trunk Murderess".
Reception and Awards
Abbott has won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for outstanding fiction. Time named her one of the "23 Authors That We Admire" in 2011. Publishers Weekly gave her 2011 novel The End of Everything a starred review.
- Die a Little (2005). ISBN 978-0743261708
- The Song Is You (2007). ISBN 978-0743291712
- Queenpin (2007). ISBN 978-1416534280
Won: 2008 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, 2008 Barry Award for Best Paperback Novel
Nominated: 2008 Anthony award for Best Paperback Original.
- Bury Me Deep (2009). ISBN 978-1416599098
Nominated: 2010 Anthony award for Best Paperback Original
- The End of Everything (2011). ISBN 978-0316097796
- Dare Me (2012). ISBN 978-0316097772
- The Fever (2014). ISBN 978-0316231053
- The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled fiction and Film Noir (2002). ISBN 0-312-29481-6
- A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir (2007). ISBN 978-0979270994
Journalist and blogger
- Champion, Edward. "Megan Abbott, Literary Criminal." The Millions. July 12, 2011.
- Glor, Jeff. "AUTHOR TALK: The End of Everything by Mega Abbott." CBS News. October 31, 2011.
- Megan Abbott, "A Stranger Calls, "http://abbottgran.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/a-stranger-calls/
- "interview". Culturaimpopular.com. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- Derbyshire, Johnathan. "The Books Interview: Megan Abbot." NewStatesman. 12 September 2011.
- Kelly, Alan. "Tugged into Darkness: An interview with Megan Abbott" 3AM Magazine. Monday, August 24, 2009.
- Time Staff. "Pack Your (Book) Bag: The best pages to turn this summer, from 23 authors we admire." Time Magazine Special. The Best Books for Summer Reading. Thursday, June 30, 2011.
- Publishers Weekly. Review date: May 30, 2011.
- "Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon.info. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Abbott, Megan. "Pretty Tough: Original victims and femme fatals, the female leads in today's mystery fiction are as complex as their male counterparts." Los Angeles Times Magazine. April 2011.
- Megan Abbott’s website
- @meganeabbott on Twitter
- Megan Abbott on Facebook
- Short statement on why she thinks LA is so associated with noir.