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Patricia Engel

Patricia Engel, photo by Elliott and Erick Jimenez
Patricia Engel, photo by Elliott and Erick Jimenez

Patricia Engel is the winner of the 2023 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She is the author five books including The Faraway WorldInfinite Country, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of the Year, Reese’s Book Club pick, winner of  the New American Voices Award and a Florida Book Award, finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and Vida, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Fiction Award and the Young Lions Fiction Award, winner of a Florida Book Award and International Latino Book Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Engel was the first woman to be awarded Colombia’s national prize in literature, the 2017 Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana, for Vida. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, among others, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Award. Her short fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short StoriesThe Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere.

She is an associate professor in the creative writing program at the University of Miami.


selected bibliography

The Faraway World by Patricia Engel
The Faraway World (2023)
Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
Infinite Country (2021)
Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel
The Veins of the Ocean (2016)
It's Not Love, It's Just Paris by Patricia Engel
It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris (2013)

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online resources

Patricia Engel’s website

Video: Engel talks about The Faraway World at Politics and Prose Bookstore