M.A. University of Connecticut, 1970
B.A. American University, 1969
Ann is Edgar Allan Poe Professor Emerita of the Department of English and Creative Writing. She is the author of seven novels, including Chilly Scenes of Winter, My Life Starring Dara Falcon, and the forthcoming The Doctor's House, and seven short story collections, among them Secrets and Surprises, What Was Mine, Park City: New & Selected Stories, and Perfect Recall. Her many honors include the Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/Malamud award for Excellence in Short Fiction.
An impeccable ear for language, an eye for the smallest shifts in the cultural landscape, and a preternatural understanding of motivation and behavior -- Ann Beattie's renowned storytelling abilities are on dazzling display in The Doctor's House.
The novel opens to Nina's account of her brother's sexual appetites and betrayals, and leads into her mother's narrative. As new shadows and light are cast on Nina's story, painful secrets of life in her father's house -- the doctor's house -- emerge. In the dramatic third movement, the brother gives us his perspective. Through subtle shifts, The Doctor's House chronicles the fictions three people fabricate in order to survive their lives and showcases the keen observances of family and culture that have made Beattie one of our most admired voices.
Articles have appeared in Life; The New Yorker; Harper's; Esquire, among others.