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Chris Adrian (born 1970) is an American author. Adrian's writing styles in short stories vary greatly; from modernist realism to pronounced lyrical allegory. His novels both tend toward surrealism, having mostly realistic characters experience fantastic circumstances. He has written three novels: Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital, and The Great Night. In 2008, he published A Better Angel, a collection of short stories. His short fiction has also appeared in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares,[1] McSweeney's, The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and Story. He was one of 11 fiction writers to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.[2] He lives in San Francisco.[3]

Chris Adrian
BornNovember 7, 1970
Washington, D.C.
Short Story



Adrian completed his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Florida in 1993. He received his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2001. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco, was a student at Harvard Divinity School, and a fellow of pediatric hematology/oncology at UCSF in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Currently, Adrian serves as the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center.



Short story collectionsEdit

  • A Better Angel (collection, 2008, FSG)[2] includes:
    • High Speeds (1997) (originally published in Story)
    • The Sum of Our Parts (1999) (originally published in Ploughshares)
    • Stab (2006) (originally published in Zoetrope: All-Story)
    • The Vision of Peter Damien (2007) (originally published in Zoetrope: All-Story)
    • A Better Angel (2006) (originally published in The New Yorker)
    • The Changeling (2007) (originally published in Esquire as "Promise Breaker")
    • A Hero of Chickamauga (1999) (originally published in Story)
    • A Child's Book of Sickness and Death (2004) (originally published in McSweeney's 14)
    • Why Antichrist? (2007) (originally published in Tin House)
  • Uncollected


  1. ^ "Author Details". Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Guggenheim Fellowships for 2009 Announced". Publisher's Weekly. 2009. Retrieved April 21. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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