Nathaniel Rich (novelist)

Nathaniel Rich (born March 5, 1980) is an American novelist and essayist. He is the author of "Losing Earth: A Recent History" (2019); the novels "King Zeno" (2018), Odds Against Tomorrow (2013), and The Mayor's Tongue (2008); and the 2005 non-fiction book San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present. Rich has written essays and reviews for The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Slate.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Nathaniel Rich
Born (1980-03-05) March 5, 1980 (age 40)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materYale University
  • Novel
  • essay
Meredith Angelson
(m. 2014)

Early lifeEdit

Rich is the son of Frank Rich, New York Magazine writer and former New York Times columnist, and Gail Winston, executive editor at HarperCollins, his youngest brother is writer Simon Rich. Rich attended Dalton School and is an alumnus of Yale University, where he studied literature.[7] After graduating, he worked on the editorial staff of The New York Review of Books.[7]


Rich moved to San Francisco to write San Francisco Noir, which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the best books of 2005.[8] That year he was hired as an editor by The Paris Review.[9]

The Mayor's Tongue was described by Carolyn See in The Washington Post as a "playful, highly intellectual novel about serious subjects – the failure of language, for one, and how we cope with that failure in order to keep ourselves sane".[10]

NPR's Alan Cheuse called Odds Against Tomorrow a "brilliantly conceived and extremely well-executed novel...a knockout of a book."[11] Cathleen Schine wrote, in the New York Review of Books, "Let's just, right away, recognize how prescient this charming, terrifying, comic novel of apocalyptic manners is...Rich is a gifted caricaturist and a gifted apocalyptist. His descriptions of the vagaries of both nature and human nature are stark, fresh, and convincing, full of surprise and recognition as both good comedy and good terror must be."[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Rich currently lives in New Orleans with his wife, Meredith Angelson, and their son.[13][14]



  • The Mayor's Tongue. Riverhead Books. 2008. ISBN 978-1594489907.
  • Odds Against Tomorrow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2013. ISBN 978-0374224240.
  • King Zeno. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2018 ISBN 9780374181314.


Other writingsEdit


  1. ^ "Nathaniel Rich - Harper's Magazine". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Nathaniel Rich". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Nathaniel Rich". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Nathaniel Rich". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Nathaniel Rich". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Nathaniel Rich". The New York Times.
  7. ^ a b Holson, Laura M. (January 4, 2013). "Nathaniel and Simon: The Brothers Rich". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Villalon, Oscar (December 18, 2005). "Best books in a year of war, anxiety". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  9. ^ Kreisler, Harry. "Conversations with History". Institute of International Studies. University of California, Berkeley.
  10. ^ See, Carolyn (April 25, 2008). "Speaking in Tongues". The Washington Post. p. C02. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  11. ^ "Book Review: 'Odds Against Tomorrow'". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  12. ^ "A Genius for Disaster". The New York Review of Books. 2013-04-25.
  13. ^ "About".
  14. ^ "Digging deep: Nathaniel Rich's novel leads readers back to 1918 New Orleans". The New Orleans Advocate. January 7, 2018.

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