Sigrid Nunez is an American author of such book as A Feather on the Breath of God and The Last of Her Kind. Her books have been praised for their exploration of language, memory, identity, class, and writing itself.

Sigrid was born to a German mother and a Chinese-Panamanian father in New York City in 1951. She attended Barnard College before receiving her MBA from Columbia University. In addition to authoring books, she also works as a professor in the MFA Program at Boston University where she is also the writer in residence. In the past she taught at Princeton University, Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Feather on the Breath of God (1995)Description / Buy at
Naked Sleeper (1996)Description / Buy at
Mitz: The Marmoset Of Bloomsbury (1998)Description / Buy at
For Rouenna (2001)Description / Buy at
The Last of Her Kind (2005)Description / Buy at
Salvation City (2010)Description / Buy at
The Friend (2018)Description / Buy at
What Are You Going Through (2020)Description / Buy at
The Vulnerables (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Publication Order of Anthologies

xo Orpheus(2013)Description / Buy at
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed(2015)Description / Buy at
Simpsonistas, Vol. 2(2019)Description / Buy at

If You Like Sigrid Nunez Books, You’ll Love

One of Sigrid’s earliest novels is A Feather on the Breath of God. It tells a personal story about a young woman of mixed race growing up in the 50s and 60s and how she copes with the problems of her everyday life by escaping into a world of dreams. A world formed by her reading, her parents stories, and the ballet. The book features flashbacks of the parents rough upbringing that attempt to make sense of the tough life of poverty she grows up in.

The Friend: A Novel was a 2018 National Book Award winner and Nunez at her best. This is a truly moving story about a woman who loses her best friend and mentor and is left with his dog, a large Great Dane. The woman’s grief is only extrapolated by the dog’s, who is puzzled by the sudden disappearance of her owner. The woman’s apartment’s rules on pets on complicates things, but she refuses to be separated from the dog for long periods of time. This book is a great tale of loss and the powers of human-dog relationships.

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