Meg Wolitzer

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Meg Wolitzer
Meg wolitzer 2011.jpg
Wolitzer at the 2011 Texas Book Festival, Austin
Born (1959-05-28) May 28, 1959 (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation novelist, Essayist
Nationality American
Genre Literary fiction
Notable works The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer (born May 28, 1959) is an American writer, known for The Wife, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, and The Interestings. She works as an instructor in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

Life and career[edit]

Wolitzer was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Hilma Wolitzer (née Liebman), also a novelist, and Morton Wolitzer, a psychologist.[1] She was raised Jewish.[2] Wolitzer studied creative writing at Smith College and graduated from Brown University in 1981. She wrote her first novel, Sleepwalking, a story of three college girls obsessed with poetry and death, while still an undergraduate; it was published in 1982.[3] Her following books include Hidden Pictures (1986), This Is Your Life (1988), Surrender, Dorothy (1998), The Wife (2003), The Position (2005), The Ten-Year Nap (2008), The Uncoupling (2011), and The Interestings (2013). Her short story "Tea at the House" was featured in 1998's Best American Short Stories collection. Her novel for younger readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, was published in 2011.

She also co-authored, with Jesse Green, a book of cryptic crosswords: Nutcrackers: Devilishly Addictive Mind Twisters for the Insatiably Verbivorous (1991), and has written about the relative difficulty women writers face in gaining critical acclaim.[4]

She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, Skidmore College, and, most recently, was a guest artist at Princeton University. Over the past decade she has also taught at both Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing program and the Southampton Writers Conference and the Florence Writers Workshop.[5] Three films have been based on her work; This Is My Life, scripted and directed by Nora Ephron, the 2006 made-for-television movie, Surrender, Dorothy, and the 2017 drama The Wife, starring Glenn Close.

The Uncoupling was the subject of the first coast-to-coast virtual book club discussion, via Skype.[6]



  • Sleepwalking (1982)
  • Hidden Pictures (1986)
  • This Is Your Life (1988)
  • Surrender, Dorothy (1998)
  • The Wife (2003)
  • The Position (2005)
  • The Ten-Year Nap (2008)
  • The Uncoupling (2011)
  • The Interestings (2013)
  • Belzhar (2014)