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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gillian Flynn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Kansas City, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Flynn lives in Chicago and attended Northwestern University where she earned her Master's degree in journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gillian Flynn is an author and worked for ''Entertainment Weekly'' magazine as the film and television critic for ten years. Her 2006 debut, ''Sharp Objects'', was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Her second book, ''Dark Places'', was released in 2009 and was named a New Yorker Reviewers' Favorite, and a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction book. Film rights have been sold for each.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Sharp objects :
ISBN: 0307341550. OCLC Number:

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Returning to her hometown after an eight-year absence to investigate the murders of two girls, reporter Camille Preaker is reunited with her neurotic mother and enigmatic, thirteen-year-old half-sister as she works to uncover the truth about the killings.

Dark places /
ISBN: 0307341569. OCLC Number:

Shaye Areheart Books,. New York :. ©2009.

For a price Libby Day will reconnect with the players that murdered her mother and two sisters in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." Having testified that her brother Ben was the murderer on that fateful night twenty-five years ago, now she is not so sure as, piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started--on the run from a killer.

Gone girl :
ISBN: 030758836X. OCLC Number:

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from police and the media -- as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents -- the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter -- but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they really know the one they love.


Sharp Objects

  • Edgar Award


  • Winner of two of Britain's
  • Dagger Awards

    - the first book ever to win mulitple Daggers in one year.

    Dark Places

  • A Weekend TODAY “Top Summer Read”
  • One of
  • Publishers Weekly

    ’s Best Books of 2009

  • One of
  • The New Yorker

    ’s Reviewers’ Favorites from 2009

  • One of
  • The Chicago Tribune

    ’s Our Favorite Fiction of 2009

    Gone Girl

  • New York Times


  • New York Times

    Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2012

  • Entertainment Weekly

    ’s Entertainer of the Year

  • People Magazine

    Best books of the year

  • Edgar Award

    nominee for Best Novel

  • Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best of the Year
  • Macavity Award nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel
  • The Women's Prize nominee for Fiction
  • Strand Critics Award nominee
  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)