Author Profile

Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful WorldIs This Tomorrow, Pictures of YouGirls In Trouble, Coming Back To Me, Living Other Lives, Into Thin Air, Family, Jealousies, Lifelines, Meeting Rozzy Halfway.Various titles were optioned for film, translated into different languages, and condensed in magazines. 

Her latest novel Cruel Beautiful World was an Indie Next Pick, a Best Book of the Year from the Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys (over 1000 bookclubs across the country), and one of the best books of the Year from Blog Critics.  It received unprecedented raves from the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The New York Times, Marie Claire Magazine, People Magazine, New York Newsday, Parade Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Real Simple Magazine and NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

Her ninth novel, Pictures of You, went into three printings months before publication and is now in its fourth printing. A New York Times bestseller, it was also a Costco "Pennie's Pick," A San Francisco Chronicle Editor's Choice "Lit Pick," and was one of the top 20 books published so far in 2011, as named by BookPage. Pictures of You was also on the Best Books of 2011 lists from The San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine and Kirkus Reviews.

Her tenth novel, Is This Tomorrow is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick/Editor's Choice, a Jewish Book Council Bookclub Pick, a WNBA National Great Group Reads, a May Indie Next Pick, A Best Book of 2013 from January magazine, on the longlist for the Maine Readers' Choice Award, and the winner of an Audiofile Earphones Award.

Her many essays, stories, book reviews and articles have appeared in Salon, Psychology Today, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New York Times Modern Love, Publisher's Weekly, People, Real Simple, New York Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous anthologies. She won First Prize in Redbook Magazine's Young Writers Contest for her short story, "Meeting Rozzy Halfway," which grew into the novel. The recipient of a 1990 New York Foundation of the Arts Award for Fiction for Into Thin Air, she was also a National Magazine Award nominee for personal essay, and she was awarded a 2005 honorable mention, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction from the Bellevue Literary Review, for "Breathe," a portion of Pictures of You.

As a screenwriter, Caroline was a 2003 Nickelodeon Screenwriting Fellow Finalist, and is a recent first-round finalist in the Sundance Screenwriting Lab competition for her script of Is This Tomorrow.

 Caroline has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, twice on The Today Show, Diane Rehm, German and Canadian TV, and more, and she has been featured on The View From The Bay. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, New York City's unofficial sixth borough, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and has an acting student son, Max.

Caroline has spoken to up to 1000 people at Brandeis Book and Author events, as well as at book luncheons and dinners and festivals. She can speak (often from personal experience) on open adoption, dealing with mental illness (her family, not herself), women in the 1950s and the fear about the Cold War and Communism, the 1960s and 70s and how hope veered into terror, emotionally abusive relationships, asthma, and more.

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