Patrick Somerville

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Patrick Somerville
Patrick Somerville at Brooklyn Book Festival 2011
Patrick Somerville at Brooklyn Book Festival 2011
Born (1979-04-14) April 14, 1979 (age 39)

Patrick Somerville (born April 14, 1979)[1] is an American novelist and television writer living in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Somerville graduated from Cornell University in 2005.[2] Somerville published his debut novel, The Cradle, in 2009[3] and his second novel This Bright River in 2012.[4] In 2013, he joined the writing staff of The Bridge,[5] where he wrote two episodes of the series.[6][7] From 2015-17, he was a writer on the HBO series The Leftovers.[8] In October 2016, it was announced that Somerville would write the Netflix series Maniac.[9] In December 2017, he signed a deal to develop new TV and digital projects exclusively for Paramount TV.[10]



  • The Cradle: A Novel. Little, Brown. 9 March 2009. ISBN 978-0-316-07263-2.[11]
  • This Bright River: A Novel. Little, Brown. 26 June 2012. ISBN 978-0-316-20306-7.[12]

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  2. ^ "Patrick Somerville | Book Cellar | Literary Events". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  3. ^ "To Feather a Nest, a Wild Goose Chase". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  4. ^ "This Bright River". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ "Patrick Somerville". Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  6. ^ "The Bridge, Ep. 1.10, "Old Friends" keeps the tension high, as more of Tate's plan is revealed". Sound On Sight. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  7. ^ "The Bridge, Ep. 1.07: "Destino" continues tonal and stylistic growth, but can't stem murder-mystery fatigue". Sound On Sight. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  8. ^ Kachka, Boris. "How to End a TV Show: An Exclusive Look at the Making of The Leftovers Finale". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  9. ^ "Netflix Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Series 'Maniac' From Cary Fukunaga Finds Writer". Deadline. October 21, 2016.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-12-08). "'Maniac' Creator Patrick Somerville Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV, Will Shepherd 'Made for Love' TV Adaptation". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
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