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Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn is the award-winning author of the literary mysteries Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Gone Girl. She also is the screenwriter of Gone Girl, which is being adapted to film by director David Fincher, with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike starring.

Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and of seeing AlienPsycho, and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven). It was a good childhood.

She studied at the University of Kansas and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation, she worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine, visiting film sets around the world and acting as their TV critic. Yes, she got paid to watch movies and TV. It was a good job.

Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards.

Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. The film adaptation of Dark Places will debut this year, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) and starring Charlize Theron.

Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for eight consecutive weeks and remained on the Times bestseller list for over a year. It was shortlisted for the Edgar Award, the Macavity Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Strand Critics Award, and Britain’s The Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Gillian lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. She’s working on her next novel when she’s not playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair.

Online Resources

Gone Girl reviewed in the New York Times
Gillian Flynn profile/interview in the Guardian
Flynn on NPR’s Morning Edition

Selected Bibliography

Gone Girl (2012)
Dark Places (2010)
Sharp Objects (2007)