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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gillian Flynn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Kansas City, Missouri


-- Website -- http://gillian-flynn.com
-- Gillian Flynn on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=gillian+flynn


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.


Awards

Sharp Objects


-- ''Edgar Award'' finalist
-- 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'' Bestseller
-- ''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)

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dark places
ISBN: 9781780226866. OCLC Number: 893163765

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Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never fared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day ...especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?

Dark places /
ISBN: 0307341569. OCLC Number: 249137284

Shaye Areheart Books,. .

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: 753624684

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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.

Gone girl :
ISBN: 1524763675. OCLC Number: 1029246317

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Nominated as one of Americas best-loved novels by PBSs The Great American Read Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed thather work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girls toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunnes fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nicks clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isnt doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wifes head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the mediaas well as Amys fiercely doting parentsthe town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and hes definitely bitterbut is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didnt do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?With herrazor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Sharp objects :
ISBN: 9780525575740. OCLC Number: 62421250

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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.