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Bernard Academy a private non-parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy. Awards and honors
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize (Taft)
PEN/Faulkner Award (Bel Canto)
Orange Prize (Bel Canto)
BookSense Book of the Year (Bel Canto)
National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (Bel Canto)
2011: Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist (State of Wonder)
The Patron Saint of Liars (1992)
The Magician's Assistant (1997)
Bel Canto (2001)
State of Wonder (2011)
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship (2004)
What now? (2008)
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life (2011). Her third novel The Magician’s Assistant was released in 1997.
She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and received the Nashville Banner Tennessee Writer of the Year Award in 1994. She received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2002 for her novel Bel Canto.