Kate Christensen (born August 22, 1962) is an American novelist. She won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for her fourth novel, The Great Man, about a painter and the three women in his life. Her previous novels are In the Drink (1999), Jeremy Thrane (2001), and The Epicure's Lament: A Novel (2004). Her fifth novel, Trouble: A Novel (2009), was released in paperback by Vintage/Anchor in June 2010. Her sixth novel, The Astral: A Novel, was published in hardcover by Doubleday in June 2011. She is also the author of two food-related memoirs, Blue Plate Special (Doubleday, 2013) and How To Cook A Moose: A Culinary Memoir (Islandport Press, 2015).
She is a graduate of Reed College and the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her essays, articles, reviews, and stories have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, most recently The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Food & Wine, Cherrybombe, and the Jewish Daily Forward.