Francine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A CHANGED MAN and BLUE ANGEL, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller READING LIKE A WRITER. Her novel, HOUSEHOLD SAINTS, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, THE GLORIOUS ONES, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. She is the president of PEN American Center. She lives in New York City.

Francine Prose

Books by Francine Prose

by Francine Prose - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction

Margot, who plays the chimp’s lawyer in the screwball children’s musical “Mister Monkey," knows the production is dreadful and bemoans the failure of her acting career. Then one day she receives a mysterious letter from an anonymous admirer...and later, in the middle of a performance, has a shocking encounter with Adam, the twelve-year-old who plays the title role. We also meet Edward, a young audience member who is candidly unimpressed with the play, and Ray, who witnesses one of the most awkward first dates in literature. We even meet the eponymous Mister Monkey, the Monkey God himself.

by Francine Prose - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation and freedom. At the Chameleon Club, the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes --- and the world itself --- evolve.

by Francine Prose - Fiction

Temporarily submerged by our economic woes, the debate over immigration policy simmers just below the surface of American political and social life. In MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE, Francine Prose tells the story of Lula, a savvy young Albanian immigrant trying to gain a foothold in a country that at times seems as strange as her native land.

by Francine Prose

Deliciously risque, Blue Angel is a withering take on today's academic mores and a scathing tale that vividly shows what can happen when academic politics collides with political correctness.