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Alice McDermott, American writer. Recipient Whiting Writers award.


McDermott, Alice was born on June 27, 1953 in Brooklyn.


She attended St. Boniface School in Elmont, New York, on Long Island (1967), Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead (1971), and the State University of New York at Oswego, receiving her BA in 1975, and received her MA from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.


McDermott is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities. She has taught at UCSD and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College and Hollins College in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker and Seventeen.

She has also published articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Ms. McDermott lives outside Washington, D.C. She is Catholic, though she once deemed herself "not a very good Catholic.".


  • That Night (1987) — finalist for the National Book Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer PrizeAt Weddings and Wakes (1992) — finalist for the Pulitzer PrizeCharming Billy (1998) — winner of an American Book Award (1999) and the National Book AwardChild of My Heart : A Novel (2002) — nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardAfter This (2006) — finalist for the Pulitzer PrizeSomeone (2013) - longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award Fiction1987 Whiting Award2013 Inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame. 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award fiction shortlist for Someone2014 Finalist for Dayton Literary Peace Prize.



Married; 3 children.