Allegra Goodman

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Allegra Goodman
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Born1967 (age 52–53)
Brooklyn, New York
Alma materHarvard University, Stanford University
GenreLiterary fiction
SpouseDavid Karger

Allegra Goodman (born 1967) is an American author based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her most recent novel, The Chalk Artist, was published in 2017. Goodman wrote and illustrated her first novel at the age of seven.[1]


Goodman was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Hawaii.[2] The daughter of Lenn and Madeleine Goodman,[3] she was brought up as a Conservative Jew.[4] Her mother, who died in 1996, was a professor of genetics and women's studies, then assistant vice president at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for many years, before moving on to Vanderbilt University in the 1990s.[5] Her father, Lenn E. Goodman,[5] is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt.

Allegra Goodman graduated from Punahou School in 1985. She then went on to Harvard University, where she earned an A.B. degree and met her husband, David Karger. Both were regulars at Harvard Hillel, and prayed in Harvard Hillel Orthodox Minyan. They then went on to do graduate work at Stanford University, where Goodman earned a Ph.D. degree in English literature, in 1996.[3]

Goodman's younger sister, Paula Fraenkel, is an oncologist. Fraenkel's experience in research labs is one of the inspirations for Goodman's 2006 novel Intuition.[6]

Her short story "La Vita Nuova" was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2011 and was broadcast on Public Radio International's Selected Shorts in February 2012.[7]

Goodman and Karger live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Karger is a professor in computer science[8] at MIT. They have four children, three boys and a girl.[4]




  • Kaaterskill Falls (The Dial Press 1998; paperback Dial Press Trade Paperback 1999) ISBN 0-385-32389-1, ISBN 0-385-32390-5
  • Paradise Park (The Dial Press 2001, Dial Press Trade Paperback 2002) ISBN 0-385-33416-8, ISBN 0-385-33418-4
  • Intuition (The Dial Press 2006), ISBN 0-385-33612-8
  • The Other Side of the Island (New York: Razorbill, 2008) ISBN 978-1-59514-196-5
  • The Cookbook Collector (The Dial Press 2010) ISBN 978-0-385-34085-4
  • The Chalk Artist: A Novel (The Dial Press 2017) ISBN 978-1-400-06987-3

Short story collections[edit]


  1. ^ Donnelly, David. "Novel tale of island prodigy". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
  2. ^ Fried, Lewis (2007). "Allegra Goodman." Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. Vol. 7, p. 756.
  3. ^ a b "Allegra Goodman." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2017-09-22.
  4. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Dean Goodman remembered for leadership, spirit". Vanderbilt Register. October 7–13, 1996. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2005-02-26. Retrieved 2006-06-13.
  6. ^ Shafner, Rhonda (April 16, 2006). "'Intuition' rings true in world of science". Archived from the original, on January 30, 2010. Associated Press, via The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  7. ^ "News". Allegra Goodman's website. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
  8. ^ "David R. Karger". MIT CSAIL Directory.

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