Lily Tuck

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Lily Tuck
Born (1938-10-10) October 10, 1938 (age 80)
Nationality American
Genre short story, novel
Notable awards National Book Award for Fiction

Lily Tuck (born October 10, 1938) is an 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]

She has published four other novels, a collection of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante (see "Works" below).


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.

External links

  • Chapter One of The News from Paraguay.
  • "Dream House," a short story by Lily Tuck.
  • Author Bio, Photo, and National Book Award Acceptance Speech.
  • National Public Radio All Things Considered interview with Tuck (audio file).
  • Charlie Rose interview with Lily Tuck and 2004 National Book Award Finalists (video file).

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