Minot was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Concord Academy and then attended Brown University, where she studied writing and painting; in 1983 she graduated from Columbia University School of the Arts with an M.F.A. in creative writing.
Sexuality and the difficulties of romantic relationships are a constant theme in Minot's work. Her second book, Lust and Other Stories, focuses on "the relations between men and women in their twenties and thirties having difficulty coming together and difficulty breaking apart". Reviewing her novella Rapture in The Atlantic Monthly, James Marcus notes that "Sex and the single girl have seldom been absent from Susan Minot's fiction", and Dave Welch at Powells.com identifies one of Minot's themes as "the emotional safeguards within family and romantic relations that hold people apart". About Lust, Jill Franks observes that Minot
begins with short, simple sentences, building gradually to longer ones to create the inevitable conclusion: men don't love like women do. Her logic appears in simple two-or three-liners that capture a sense of futility.... Do not look for a happy, mutual, heterosexual relationship in Minot. You will not find it.
Minot has also co-authored two screenplays that have been made into films: Stealing Beauty (1996) with Bernardo Bertolucci, and Evening (based on her novel of the same name, 2007), written with Michael Cunningham.
Novels and Stories
- Monkeys. New York: Dutton, 1986. ISBN 978-0-525-24342-7
- Lust and Other Stories. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. ISBN 978-0-395-48888-1
- Folly: A Novel. New York: Chivers North American, 1993. ISBN 978-0-7927-1565-8
- Evening. New York: Knopf, 1998. ISBN 978-0-375-40037-7
- Rapture. New York: Knopf, 2002. ISBN 978-0-375-41327-8
- Stealing Beauty. With Bernardo Bertolucci. New York: Grove Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-8021-3492-9
- Evening. With Michael Cunningham. 2007.
- Poems 4 A.M. New York: Knopf, 2003. ISBN 978-0-375-70955-5
- "Susan Minot". Random House. Retrieved 08-22 2008.
- Marcus, James (February 2002). "New and Noteworthy: Rapture". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
- Welch, Dave (13 February 2002). "Back in Bed with Susan Minot". Powells.com. Retrieved 08-22 2008.
- Franks, Jill. "Susan (Anderson) Minot Biography". Retrieved 08-30 2008.
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