Patrick Ryan (author)

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Patrick Ryan
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupationshort story writer, novelist

Patrick Eugene Ryan (born 1965) is an American novelist and short story writer. His books include The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me, as well as three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites.

Life and career[edit]

Patrick Ryan was born in Washington, D.C., in 1965 and raised in Florida.[1][2] He received his bachelor's degree in 1987 from Florida State University and his Master of Fine Arts in 1990 from the Writing Program at Bowling Green State University.[2][3] He wrote short stories for about 10 years prior to the publication of his first book.[3] His stories have been published or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Catapult, Faultline, One Story, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Nebraska Review, Ontario Review, The Yale Review, Denver Quarterly, and other journals.[2] His story "So Much for Artemis" earned him a National Endowment for the Arts in Fiction fellowship[4] and was included in The Best American Short Stories 2006. His story "Getting Heavy With Fate" received the 2005 Smart Family Foundation Award for Fiction.[2][5][6]

His first book was Send Me, a collection of linked short stories that looks at four decades in the life of a dysfunctional family.[1][7] Celebrated author Edmund White compared Ryan's writing to that of John Cheever.[5][5][6] The Bay Area Reporter called Send Me "a masterfully eventful novel..."[8] while a reviewer at the Seattle Times said it was "a meticulously crafted, immensely satisfying piece of work."[9]

Ryan followed up in 2008 with the young adult novel Saints of Augustine.[6][10] Two best teenage friends, one gay and one not, struggle with family issues, drug abuse, divorce, dating, and a rupture in their friendship. In 2009, he published a second young adult novel, In Mike We Trust, which examines a young man's relationship with his hip, cool, con-artist uncle as the older man attempts to lure him into a life of charity scams. His 2011 novel, Gemini Bites, explores the world of a boy and girl who are fraternal twins, and their competition for the affections of a goth boy who comes to live for a short period of time with their family.

The Dream Life of Astronauts was published in July 2016. It is a collection of nine short stories set against the backdrop of Florida's space program from the late 1960s to the present.

For four years, Ryan worked as an editor at the literary magazine Granta.[11] He is the current editor-in-chief of "One Story" and "One Teen Story." [1]'.

Books by Patrick Ryan[edit]

  • The Dream Life of Astronauts (2016)
  • Gemini Bites (2011)
  • In Mike We Trust (2009)
  • Saints of Augustine (2008)
  • Send Me (2006)


  1. ^ a b Thomson, David. "Cool, Ironic Debut Novel, Herald of a Real Career." New York Observer. February 13, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d "Patrick Ryan." Writer's Corner. National Endowment for the Arts. No date. Accessed 2010-05-08.
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Renee. "Patrick Ryan Author Interview." Another Day in the Life of a Nut. June 19, 2006. Accessed 2010-05-08.
  4. ^ "Writer's Corner: Patrick Ryan." National Endowment for the Arts. No Date. Accessed 2012-03-15.
  5. ^ a b c White, Edmund. "The New Gay Fiction." Village Voice. June 21, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c "Interview with Patrick Ryan/P.E. Ryan." Band of Thebes. March 26, 2009.
  7. ^ Isaac, Sara. "Family Drama Is Special Delivery." Orlando Sentinel. February 19, 2006.
  8. ^ Piechota, Jim. "Reconcilable Differences." Bay Area Reporter. September 25, 2008.
  9. ^ Upchurch, Michael. "Deconstructing the Family." Seattle Times. April 9, 2006.
  10. ^ "Interview with Patrick Ryan/P.E. Ryan, the Author of Saints of Augustine and Send Me." Ready When You Are, C.B. December 23, 2008.
  11. ^ "Granta staff." Granta. Winter 2012. Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2012-03-15.