Books by Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O'Nan's novels include The Night Country, Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, and A Prayer for the Dying. Granta named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Connecticut.


CITY OF SECRETS by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Economical and deliberately low-key, like all O'Nan's work, but the complex moral issues it raises linger unsettlingly."
The protean O'Nan (West of Sunset, 2015, etc.) assumes the mantle of Conrad and Greene in a probing, keening thriller set in Jerusalem just after World War II.Read full book review >
WEST OF SUNSET by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"O'Nan has crafted an insightful glimpse into a sad period in Fitzgerald's life, as he fades into poverty, drunkenness and anonymity among a cast of notables, after his and Zelda's reign as America's literary golden couple and before his resurgence into universal acclaim."
In his final, booze-addled years, F. Scott Fitzgerald tries his hand at Hollywood screenwriting, socializing with a colorful cast of characters that includes Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Parker, Helen Hayes and Marlene Dietrich, while his troubled wife, Zelda, languishes in a North Carolina asylum. Read full book review >
THE ODDS by Stewart O’Nan
Released: Jan. 23, 2012

"A Valentine to marriage as it is actually lived in troubled times."
An emotional richness permeates this short novel about a couple on the verge of ending their marriage while pondering whether they can salvage it. Read full book review >
SONGS FOR THE MISSING by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2008

"A novel in which every word rings true."
Taut prose and matter-of-fact detail enrich this compelling portrait of teenage life in small-town Ohio, as the disappearance of a popular girl on the cusp of leaving home for college changes the communal dynamic of family and friends. Read full book review >
LAST NIGHT AT THE LOBSTER by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2007

"Very low-key, but haunting and quietly provocative."
A rueful mood piece from prolific, eclectic O'Nan (The Good Wife, 2005, etc.) about the closing of a chain restaurant. Read full book review >
THE GOOD WIFE by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2005

"Another fine effort from a writer who in ten years has crafted nine novels dramatically different in tone and content but impressively consistent in their moral seriousness and artistic conviction."
The versatile, accomplished O'Nan follows up the ghostly doings of The Night Country (2003) with a quiet, realistic portrait of a woman waiting—for 28 years—for her husband to get out of jail. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT COUNTRY by Stewart O’Nan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A skilled writer, a complex novel, mixed results."
O'Nan (Wish You Were Here, 2001, etc.), who's made a career exploring the dark side, welcomes Halloween with a "ghost story" that soars when the supernatural lets good old-fashioned character take center stage. Read full book review >
WISH YOU WERE HERE by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Fine prose and lovely strokes of portraiture throughout, but overall a bit of a disappointment from so ambitious and gifted a writer."
O'Nan's exceedingly low-key seventh novel (after Everyday People, 2001, etc.) depicts a family's final week in the summer cottage its widowed matriarch has just sold. Read full book review >
EVERYDAY PEOPLE by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Quietly passionate, imbued with a subtle understanding of how the personal and political intertwine: another fine effort from an always-intriguing writer."
O'Nan's aptly titled sixth novel explores a Pittsburgh neighborhood with the same nonjudgmental empathy and respect for ordinary folks already evident in his first, Snow Angels (1994). Read full book review >
THE CIRCUS FIRE by Stewart O’Nan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2000

"O'Nan alleviates his gripping, tragic story with wry glances at circus history and its better-known personalities and performers, as well as interviews with numerous survivors whose lives the fire changed (not always for the worst). (96 photos and illustrations)"
Agonizing hour-by-hour retelling of the worst American circus disaster and its aftermath, seen with a restless, unflinching eye for the details—touching, ironic, and depraved. Read full book review >
A PRAYER FOR THE DYING by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Curiously slow and rather obsessively introspective, yet an extremely moving portrayal of faith and grief all the same."
O—Nan (A World Away, 1998, etc.) steps back in time and offers us a kind of Old West rendition of the Dance of Death as a diphtheria epidemic threatens to wipe out an entire town. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 1998

"While the inclusion of more less-familiar writers would have been welcome, this is nonetheless a powerful, deeply revealing collection, and the best available introduction to a major body of modern American literature. (14 b&w photos, 1 map, not seen)"
O'Nan, himself the author of a well-received novel about the struggles of a Vietnam vet to readjust to civilian life (The Names of the Dead, 1996), has compiled a lengthy, varied, and somewhat idiosyncratic anthology of fiction and nonfiction by American writers about the war and its aftermath. Read full book review >
A WORLD AWAY by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Hands-down winner of best novel of the year award except that that year might be 1947, say, or 1948."
Granta named O'Nan one of the best new American writers, and his brilliantly executed fourth (after The Speed Queen, 1997) shows why, though it's also a long nostalgia bath, the novelistic equivalent of a loved old movie. Read full book review >
THE SPEED QUEEN by Stewart O’Nan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"Unfortunately, she's the entire story. (Author tour)"
Granta hotshot O'Nan (The Names of the Dead, 1996, etc.) gives us his variation on In Cold Blood, new and improved, for those who never read the original. Read full book review >
THE NAMES OF THE DEAD by Stewart O’Nan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1996

"A credible and moving account of moral failure and regeneration: thrilling, mature, and thoughtful."
The author of the prizewinning Snow Angels (1994) offers a clever reformulation of a frequently exhausted theme—a shell- shocked Vietnam vet finds that his real troubles begin long after he returns safely home. Read full book review >
SNOW ANGELS by Stewart O’Nan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1994

"Solid and skillful. (Author tour)"
This first novel is an impressive achievement: a universal yet never generic examination of small-town tragedy. Read full book review >