«I don't think that I was pushed to write thanks to a particular book. All books have contributed and writing is what I always wanted.» Born in Portland (Maine), Elisabeth Strout lives in New York with her husband and daughter. Graduated in English Literature at Bates College in 1977 and Law at the Syracuse University, after a brief working experience in the legal field she taught at the Department of English Studies at Manhattan Community College in New York. Her vocation for writing becomes public for the first time in 1982 with the publication of a short story in the magazine "New Letters". With her novel "Amy and Isabelle" in 1999 she was awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award and was shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award and for the Orange Prize for fiction. The vicissitudes of the two protagonists, set against the background of a provincial American small town are emblematic of Strout's strong themes, made of realistic and ruthless close examination of family and community relations. In 2009, she published "Olive Kitteridge" with which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and in 2010 the Bancarella Prize. In 2010, she edited "The Best American Short Stories", the main annual anthology of North American literature.
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