Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment (“tell a family tale”) was reprinted in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The Atlantic, MS, Minnesota Monthly, and Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards 1990 and 1996.
Her first novel, THE BODY IS WATER, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award. It was published in translation in Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Israel, Greece, and Korea.
Her other books include a short story collection, AN EXPLANATION FOR CHAOS, and five books for younger readers: THE UNBEARABLE BOOK CLUB FOR UNSINKABLE GIRLS (2012), BLACK BOX (2008), THE BOOK OF ONE HUNDRED TRUTHS (2006), THE CHAIN LETTER (2005) and GRASS ANGEL (2004), all from Delacorte.
Ms. Schumacher lives in St. Paul and is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota.