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Catherine Lacey (born April 9, 1985) is an American writer.

Catherine Lacey
Catherine Lacey 2015.jpg
Born Tupelo, MS
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality American
Education Columbia University
Notable works Nobody Is Ever Missing



Lacey's first novel, Nobody Is Ever Missing, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Dwight Garner, in The New York Times, called her prose "dreamy and fierce at the same time."[1] Time Out New York named it "the (hands down) best book of the year."[2] It also made The New Yorker′s list for the best books of 2014.[3] It has been published in Dutch,[4] Spanish,[5] Italian,[6] French,[7] and German.[8] The novel won the 2015 Late Night Library Debutlizer [9] and was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award.[10] In 2016, Lacey won a Whiting Award for her fiction.[11]

In 2017 Lacey was named one of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. Her second novel, The Answers, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It received several positive reviews and comparisons to Don Delillo and Margaret Atwood.[12][13]


Lacey won a 2012 Artists' Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts,[14] and wrote her first novel while running a cooperative bed and breakfast in Brooklyn.[15] She has taught at Columbia University in The School of the Arts,[16] the University of Montana, and The University of Mississippi. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.



  1. ^ Garner, Dwight (July 22, 2014). "Abandoning All Stability to Test Fate". The New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2016. ... “Nobody Is Ever Missing” is composed mostly of long, languid sentences that push into the night like headlights. ... there’s nothing depleted about Ms. Lacey’s prose, which manages to be dreamy and fierce at the same time. 
  2. ^ Gibert, Tiffany (November 19, 2014). "The 10 best books of 2014". TimeOut New York. Retrieved February 23, 2016. ...the (hands-down) best book of the year ... 
  3. ^ Heller, Nathan (December 23, 2014). "The Best Books of 2014". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 23, 2016. ...incantatory, cool, and unerringly tuned to fresh detail. Lacey writes with a peculiar suppleness entirely her own... 
  4. ^ "Niemand Is Ooit Verloren". Das Mag. Retrieved Aug 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Catherine Lacey: "Todo el mundo necesita desaparecer en algún momento"". El Cultural. Retrieved Aug 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Nessuno scompare davvero - SUR". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Personne ne disparaît". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Niemand verschwindet einfach so". Aufbau Verlag. Retrieved Aug 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ "2015 Debut-litzer Winners - Late Night Library". 11 August 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Young Lions Award List of Winners and Finalists". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  11. ^ Piepenbring, Dan (March 23, 2016). "Introducing the Winners of the 2016 Whiting Awards". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  12. ^ Lorentzen, Christian. "Can You Still Write a Novel About Love". Vulture. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  13. ^ Garner, Dwight. "'The Answers' Runs Down the Rabbit Hole of Love". The New York Times. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  14. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ Lacey, Catherine (April 19, 2014). "A Way for Artists to Live". Retrieved Aug 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Catherine Lacey", Writing Program, Columbia University School of the Arts,