Danielle Trussoni

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Danielle Trussoni
Danielle trussoni by Hadrien Royo.jpg
BornLa Crosse, Wisconsin
EducationMFA in Fiction, Iowa Writers' Workshop
Alma materUniversity of Iowa

Danielle Anne Trussoni is a New York Times,[1] USA Today, and Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling novelist. She has been a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction jurist,[2] and is currently the horror columnist for the New York Times Book Review. She is the co-host of Writerly, a weekly podcast about the art and business of writing with fellow writer Panio Gianopoulos.

Her work includes five books: Falling Through the Earth (2006), Angelology (2010), Angelopolis (2012), The Fortress (2016), and the forthcoming novel The Ancestor (2020). She is the recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Society of America award, the Dana award in the novel, and the New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year[3] for her first book. In addition to being published in The New York Times Book Review, she has also been The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine and Tin House, her writings have been widely anthologized.


Trussoni graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa 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. She has lived for extended periods in Japan, Bulgaria, England and France.

Trussoni currently lives in New York City. She lived in France from 2009-2012 and her memoir, The Fortress, focuses on this period in her life. She was married to the writer Nikolai Grozni in 2002. The couple was featured in Season 2 of This American Life (TV).[4] They divorced in 2012. She married the French filmmaker Hadrien Royo in 2016 in Brittany. [1]


Angelology series[edit]

Trussoni’s first novel, Angelology, (Viking Press, 2010) was a literary historical thriller described as “a brilliant tapestry of myth and biblical lore on our present-day world and plunged two star-crossed heroes into an ancient battle against mankind’s greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim.”

Angelology received a great deal of attention prior to publication. Seven publishing houses vied for the publishing rights, resulting in a bidding war. Angelology went on to become a New York Times International Bestseller and has been translated into over thirty languages.

Angelopolis, the follow up to Angelology, was a New York Times bestseller and was described as "stunning" and "a must-read" by Booklist.[5] Part historical novel, fantasy, love story, thriller, and mystery, it is a continuation of Angelology from the perspective of Verlaine.

A third book in the series will be published in installments beginning in the fall.

The Ancestor[edit]

The Ancestor, a literary gothic novel that explores the darker realms of ancestry and inheritance, will be published by William Morrow in 2020.[citation needed]


  • Falling Through The Earth, Henry Holt and Company, 2006, ISBN 0-8050-7732-4.
  • Angelology, Viking Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-385-66861-3.
  • Angelopolis, Viking Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-670-02554-1
  • The Fortress, Dey Street/Harper Collins, 2016, ISBN 978-0-062-45900-8



  1. ^ "BEST SELLERS: FICTION: Sunday, April 11th 2010". query.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  2. ^ "The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  3. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2006 - New York Times". archive.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  4. ^ "Two Wars". This American Life. May 10, 2008.[verification needed]
  5. ^ "Angelopolis Amazon Link".

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Trussoni, Danielle (2018-10-26). "A Dark Cavalcade of New Horror Fiction". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  2. ^ Times, The New York (2019-05-23). "A Gruesome Parade of New Horror Fiction". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-02.