Reiken attended the Pingry School, Princeton University and the University of California, Irvine. His first novel, The Odd Sea (1998), won the Hackney Literary Award and was selected one of the best first novels of the year by Library Journal and Booklist. Reiken's second novel, The Lost Legends of New Jersey (2000), earned a place on the New York Times "Notable Book" list. His third novel, Day for Night (2010), was favorably reviewed by the Guardian, among other publications.
Reiken teaches creative writing at Emerson College in Boston.
- "An Interview With Fiction Writer Frederick Reiken". Poets & Writers Magazine. July 12, 2004. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
- Wilson, Judy. "What Exit?", New Jersey Jewish News, December 20, 2007. Accessed February 12, 2011. "A year later, he was enrolled in the Pingry School in Martinsville. 'I had two friends — the two other Jewish kids in my class. I went from being part of the gang in grade school to feeling like a very peripheral kid with a couple of friends.'"
- Ness, Patrick. "Day for Night by Frederick Reiken". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
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