Freudenberger graduated from Harvard and has traveled extensively in Asia. Her travel writing has been published in Travel + Leisure, Salon, The New Yorker, and The Telegraph Magazine. She has written book reviews for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue and The Nation.  Her fiction has appeared in Granta and The New Yorker.
She is married and lives in New York City.
- 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction
- 2005 Whiting Writers' Award for fiction.
- 2006 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize
- 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship 
- Lucky Girls, Ecco/HarperCollins 2003, ISBN 978-0-06-008879-8
- The Dissident, Ecco/HarperCollins 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-075871-4
- The Newlyweds, Knopf 2012, ISBN 978-0307268846
- Granta 82: Life's Like That, Editor Jack Ian, Granta Books, 2003, ISBN 978-1-929001-12-5
- Bios of 2005 Whiting Writers' Award Recipients - Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Retrieved 9-20-06
- "Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2". Granta. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
- "Nell Freudenberger". The New Yorker.
- "Too young, too pretty, too successful". Salon.com. September 4, 2003.
- "20 Under 40: Q. & A.: Nell Freudenberger". The New Yorker. June 14, 2010.
- The Dissident Reviews & Scores at Metacritic.com
- "Nell Freudenberger", Charlie Rose
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