Nell Freudenberger

Nell Freudenberger (born 1975, in New York City) is an American novelist, essayist, and short-story writer.

Nell Freudenberger
Nell Freudenberger
Nell Freudenberger
New York City
Alma materHarvard University
Notable worksnovelist


Freudenberger graduated from Harvard and has traveled extensively in Asia.



Freudenberger's fiction has appeared in Granta,[1] The Paris Review, and The New Yorker.[2] After her collection Lucky Girls was published in 2003, she received the PEN/Malamud Award, a short story prize sponsored by PEN International. When Freudenberger's novel The Dissident appeared in 2006 she received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction.

In June 2010, Freudenberger was featured along with fellow writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Karen Russell, ZZ Packer, and Gary Shteyngart in The New Yorker's "20 Under 40 Fiction" issue. Per the magazine, these authors represented "Twenty young writers who capture the inventiveness and the vitality of contemporary American fiction."[3] The list received widespread media attention.[4][5]


Freudenberger's travel writing has been published in Travel + Leisure, Salon, The New Yorker, and The Telegraph Magazine. She has written book reviews for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue and The Nation.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Freudenberger is married and has two children. The family lives in Brooklyn.[7]




  • Lucky Girls, Ecco/HarperCollins 2003, ISBN 978-0-06-008879-8
  • The Dissident, Ecco/HarperCollins 2006, ISBN 978-0-06-075871-4
  • The Newlyweds, Knopf 2012, ISBN 978-0307268846
  • Lost and Wanted, Knopf 2019, ISBN 978-0385352680

Short stories and essaysEdit


  1. ^ "Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2". Granta. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Nell Freudenberger". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ "20 Under 40 Fiction". June 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Bosman, Julie (June 3, 2010). "20 Young Writers Earn the Envy of Many Others". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
  5. ^ Paskin, Willa (June 2, 2010). "The New Yorker Names Its Twenty Best Writers Under 40". New York Magazine. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Bios of 2005 Whiting Writers' Award Recipients - Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9-20-06
  7. ^ "Nell Freudenberger". Ralph Lauren Magazine.
  8. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows

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