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Lily Tuck (born October 10, 1938) is a French-born American novelist and short story writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction.[1] Her novel Siam was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.[2] She is a Guggenheim Fellow.[3]

Lily Tuck
Born (1938-10-10) October 10, 1938 (age 80)
Genreshort story, novel
Notable awardsNational Book Award for Fiction

She has published four other novels, a collection of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante.



An American citizen born in Paris, Tuck now divides her time between New York City and Maine; she has also lived in Thailand and (during her childhood) Uruguay and Peru.[4] Tuck has stated that "living in other countries has given me a different perspective as a writer. It has heightened my sense of dislocation and rootlessness. ... I think this feeling is reflected in my characters, most of them women whose lives are changed by either a physical displacement or a loss of some kind".[5]



  • The Double Life of Liliane. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015. ISBN 978-0-8021-2402-9
  • I Married You For Happiness. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8021-1991-9
  • The News from Paraguay. New York: Harper Collins, 2004. ISBN 978-0-06-620944-9
  • Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man. New York: Overlook Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-87951-723-6
  • The Woman Who Walked on Water. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. ISBN 978-1-57322-583-0
  • Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up. New York: Knopf, 1991. ISBN 978-0-394-58935-0

Short Stories



  1. ^ "National Book Awards – 2004". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
    (With blurb linked to her name and essay by Harold Augenbraum from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  2. ^ "2004 National Book Award Winner: Fiction: Lily Tuck". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  3. ^ "LILY TUCK".
  4. ^ Rohter, Larry (2005-02-17). "'Paraguay' author finally goes there, finding an uproar". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  5. ^ "An Interview with Lily Tuck". Book Browse. Retrieved 2008-08-19.

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