Lorraine Adams

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Lorraine Adams
Occupation Journalist
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University
Columbia University
Genre novel
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting,
Guggenheim Fellowship
Spouse Richard Price

Lorraine Adams is an American journalist and novelist. As a journalist, she is known as a contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and a former contributor to The Washington Post. As a novelist, she is known for the award-winning Harbor and its sequel, The Room and the Chair.

Early life

Lorraine Adams earned her bachelor's degree at Princeton University in 1981, graduating magna cum laude. She then attended Columbia University, graduating with an M.A. in English and American Literature in 1982.[1]



She was a staff writer for The Washington Post,[2] and The Dallas Morning News.

She regularly contributes to the New York Times Book Review, and is a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.[3][4]

Adams and Dan Malone of The Dallas Morning News shared the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, citing "reporting that charged Texas police with extensive misconduct and abuses of power", including rights violations.[1][5]


Her first novel was published in 2004, Harbor, featuring North African Arab stowaways.[6] It won accolades including Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction, Virginia Commonwealth University First Novelist Award, and Entertainment Weekly Best Novel of 2004, and it made the New York Times Best Books of 2004 list.

Her second novel, The Room and the Chair, was published in 2006 and details the life of an American fighter pilot. The German-language edition is Crash (Zürich: Arche, 2011).[7]

Amy Wilentz, reviewing The Room and the Chair in the Los Angeles Times, stated, "Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. The Room and the Chair establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its achievements. It's a war novel, a reporter's novel and a psychological thriller. It encompasses the broadest outlines of our world. It is also Adams' second novel, and it is gutsier and throws a wider net than the topical and gorgeously written Harbor, her first. Both books are about U.S. involvement in the Middle East, about psychological and political blowback, about what happens when you wage a war and then suddenly it slaps you back, blindsides you."[8]

Personal life

Adams lives in Harlem, New York and is married to the novelist Richard Price.[9]


Selected works


  1. ^ a b c "The Pulitzer Prizes | Investigative Reporting". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ "washingtonpost.com - search nation, world, technology and Washington area news archives". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  3. ^ "Lorraine Adams Author Bookshelf - Random House - Books - Audiobooks - Ebooks". Random House. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Crime and Punishers on Streets of Harlem". Jeremy Egner. The New York Times. April 4, 2012. Arts & Leisure p. 13.
  5. ^ "Lorraine Adams - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Gf.org. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  6. ^ "Lorraine Adams: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  7. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek" (in German). Portal.dnb.de. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  8. ^ Wilentz, Amy (February 21, 2010). "'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ The Reliable Source. "Style: Love, etc.: Authors Richard Price and Lorraine Adams wed," Washington Post online (May 20, 2012).
  10. ^ "Fourth Annual VCU First Novelist Award Reading, Lorraine Adams". Blackbird.vcu.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Joseph O'Neil, Lorraine Adams, and Colum McCann Named 2010 Guggenheim Fellows - GalleyCat". Mediabistro.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2013-11-04. [dead link]
  12. ^ ""Almost Famous" by Lorraine Adams". Washingtonmonthly.com. Archived from the original on 2002-06-01. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  13. ^ Harbor - Lorraine Adams - Google Books. Books.google.com. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

External links

  • "Turning Secret Intelligence to Fiction", The Wall Street Journal, ALEXANDRA ALTER, FEBRUARY 3, 2010
  • "Five Debut Novelists. One Rock 'n' Reading Tour.", Powell's
  • "The Leonard Lopate Show", WNYC, March 18, 2010
  • "Up Front", The New York Times, THE EDITORS, May 18, 2008
  • "Love, etc.: Authors Richard Price and Lorraine Adams wed", The Washington Post, The Reliable Source, May 20, 2012
  • Works by or about Lorraine Adams in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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