Fiona Maazel

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Fiona Maazel
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Maazel reading at the 2014
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Born 1975
Nationality American
Genre Novel

Fiona Maazel (born 1975, Cleveland) is the author of two novels: Last Last Chance (March 2008, from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) and Woke Up Lonely (April 2013, from Graywolf Press).

Early life[edit]

Her father was conductor Lorin Maazel. Her mother is Israela Margalit, a pianist and script writer.[citation needed]


Maazel's work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times, Tin House, Bomb, Fence, The Mississippi Review, Conjunctions, The Common, The Yale Review, Anthem, The Village Voice, N+1, This American Life, Selected Shorts, and on

Woke Up Lonely is about a cult leader, his ex-wife, and the four government employees he takes hostage. Last Last Chance tells the story of Lucy Clark, a drug addict with a complicated family and a difficult life. Joshua Henkin of The New York Times said of the book: "'Last Last Chance”' isn’t your average novel, thanks in no small part to Maazel's funny, lacerating prose."[1]

She is a 2008 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, winner of the Bard Fiction Prize for 2009, and in 2005 she was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship. She has been the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig,[2] and teaches at New York University, Brooklyn College, Princeton, and Columbia.

Personal life[edit]

Maazel lives in Brooklyn.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bad Habit – NYT, April 6, 2008
  2. ^ Institut fuer Amerikanistik der Uni Leipzig / American Studies Leipzig. "The Picador Guest Professorship for Literature – American Studies Leipzig". Retrieved 10 January 2016. 

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