Suzanne Berne

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Suzanne Berne (born 1961 Washington, D.C.) is an American novelist known for her foreboding character studies involving unexpected domestic and psychological drama in bucolic suburban settings.


She attended Georgetown Day School. She was educated at Wesleyan University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She presently lives with her family near Boston and has taught at both Harvard University and Wellesley College.[1] She is associate English professor at Boston College.[2]

She currently lives in Boston with her husband and two girls.[3]


Her debut novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, won Great Britain's prestigious Orange Prize. Told through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl, the book chronicles a child's murder in a sleepy suburb of Washington, D.C. against the backdrop of the unfolding Watergate scandal. A Perfect Arrangement tells of the complex and increasingly disturbing relationship between a normal suburban family and their exceptionally perfect nanny. The Ghost at the Table explores the dramatic territory between two sisters' differing versions of their shared history.


  • Ladies, gentlemen, friends and relations, University of Iowa, 1985
  • A crime in the neighborhood: a novel, Algonquin Books, 1997, ISBN 978-1-56512-165-2
  • The Ghost at the Table, Algonquin Books, 1997, (reprint 2007, ISBN 978-1-56512-334-2)
  • A perfect arrangement: a novel, Algonquin Books, 2001, ISBN 978-1-56512-261-1
  • Lucile, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010, ISBN 9781565126251


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
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