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Catherine Lacey (author)

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

Catherine Lacey
BornTupelo, MS
EducationColumbia University
Notable worksNobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers
Notable awardsWhiting Award, Guggenheim Fellowship


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 translated into 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] In an interview with Vogue magazine, Lacey said, "Even the person who wrote Nobody Is Ever Missing, I can’t really speak on her behalf anymore. The text is kind of what’s left of that person, and that person doesn’t exist anymore. It both makes me very uncomfortable and very relaxed, because who you are and what you think that you’re attached to vanishes very quickly." [14]


Lacey was a founding member of 3B, the cooperatively owned and operated bed and breakfast in downtown Brooklyn, where she lived as she wrote her first novel.[15] In 2012 Lacey won an Artists' Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts[16] that she credits in giving her the financial freedom to finish Nobody Is Ever Missing[17]. In August of 2015, she married actor and teacher Peter Musante. She has taught at Columbia University in The School of the Arts,[18] the University of Montana, and The University of Mississippi. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.


  • Nobody Is Ever Missing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2014. ISBN 978-0374534493
  • The Art of the Affair. Bloomsbury. 2017. ISBN 978-1632866554
  • The Answers. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2017. ISBN 978-0374714345 , OCLC 988710197
  • Certain American States: Stories. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2018. ISBN 978-0374714352


  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 August 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "Catherine Lacey: "Todo el mundo necesita desaparecer en algún momento"". El Cultural. Retrieved August 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 August 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "2015 Debut-litzer Winners - Late Night Library". August 11, 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. ^ O'Grady, Megan (June 1, 2017). "Catherine Lacey's Dating Dystopia The Answers Is This Summer's Must-Read Novel". Vogue. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Lacey, Catherine (April 19, 2014). "A Way for Artists to Live". Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "New York Foundation for the Arts". Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  17. ^ "Conversations: Sarah Dohrmann Interviews Catherine Lacey". - NYFA Current. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "Catherine Lacey" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Writing Program, Columbia University School of the Arts,

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