About Gabrielle

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GABRIELLE ZEVIN is the New York Times bestselling novelist of nine novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and most recently, Young Jane Young. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold millions of copies all around the world. She has written book criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She has also written screenplays, including Conversations with Other Women, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. She lives in Los Angeles.



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GABRIELLE ZEVIN is an internationally bestselling author whose books have sold millions of copies and been translated into over thirty languages.

Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014), spent months on the New York Times Bestseller List, reached #1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, and has been a bestseller all around the world. The Toronto Globe and Mail called the book “a powerful novel about the power of novels.” Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was a New York Times Editor’s Choice title.

She has also written books for young readers. Her best known young adult novel is Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own… Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.”

She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart) for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best First Screenplay. In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (ALA Best Books for Young Adults) into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita. She has occasionally written criticism for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered, and she began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. She lives in Los Angeles. Her ninth novel is Young Jane Young.


107 thoughts on “About Gabrielle

  1. Your book is the best!! I really loveeeee it. But I just read elsewhere.. I can’t easily find your book here in Malaysia 😦 and the worst part is my elsewhere book is missing… I really want to read your other book. I will find it and read it.

  2. Hi Gabrielle,

    I am Larry Yang from China,I read ur book《the stroried life of A.J.FIKRY》-Chinese version,u mentioned a book which is wrote by Freedman-an eighty years old man, is that book really exist?if yes, could you please let me know the name of that book,I have interest in it. thanks

    1. My daughter introduced me to your brilliance beginning with Elsewhere. Since then I’ve several of you other books, but fell in love with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. How can I get a signed copy of this book? I would love this to my collection of most beloved stories.

    2. I’m PuLin from Chongqing.Have you heard Gabrelle Zevin wound come to Shanghai?I really exciting about it.

  3. Finished AJ Fikry…I’m nuts about about it! Little late getting to it but Amazon did a deal with it so I was exposed. Hadn’t seen it before. I’m soooo glad I did! Thank you for writing this novel Ms Zevin! Off to purchase your other works and start on AJs lost of those I’ve not read! I so enjoyed this book! P.S. love your couch and pup! People who dislike dogs make me nervous…big smile!

  4. Finished AJ Fikry…I’m nuts about about it! Little late getting to it but Amazon did a deal with it so I was exposed. Hadn’t seen it before. I’m soooo glad I did! Thank you for writing this novel Ms Zevin! Off to purchase your other works and start on AJs list of those I’ve not read! I so enjoyed this book! P.S. love your couch and pup! People who dislike dogs make me nervous…big smile!

  5. Gabrielle,
    I absolutely loved your book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I love books. Reading is a passion and any story about a bookseller and bookstore is on my top list of reading. Well done.
    However, I am a physician and was particularly upset at you’re not checking your facts when giving A. J. , a Glioblastoma Mutiforme. You comment on how rare it is and even the a Oncologist in Boston had hardly seen one! Totally wrong. It is unfortunately quite common. All Neirosurgeons and Oncologists see them frequently. I would suggest that you have a medical advisor or do your research a bit better. Other than this, the book is written well, held my interest and the characters captured my feelings.

    Look forward to reading your other books.

    Richard Kramer
    San Jose, CA

  6. Great book just finished fir Rancho mirage library book group
    Thank you brought me back to my love of book shops and coffee hiuses in the 60s and the intimacy with strangers. I fell in love with your bookstore and Alices characters . Loved AJ transition and amekia and maya .no race in this book only tge piwer of love and cimmitment

  7. Hi Ms. Zevin,
    What made you choose Glioblastoma Multiforme for A.J. Fikry’s demise? Do you have a personal connection with that particular diagnosis?

  8. Dear Ms Zevin,

    I’m devouring Fikry at the moment and loving it, but how do you pronounce Lambiase? I hate when I’m reading and I don’t know how to pronounce something. Google hasn’t helped at all. Lam-bee-ahz-ay?

  9. I am a book club moderator in Sarasota Fl. for A J Fikery and would love you to add any new information to your bio. It has been a delight to read this book.
    Sheila Markin curious.srm3@gmail.com.

  10. I just finished your book, The Storied Life of A.J Fikray, sorry if I spelled that wrong. I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your book, it reinforced my ambitions to write and tell stories. I love that you never point out characters being entirely good or evil, because people are confusing and complicated and messy. The way you portray that is genuis. Thank you again.

  11. This is my first time reading your book”All these things I’ve done” and I must say I enjoy it very much. I’m 14 now and got the book for my birthday. Thanks for a great book.

  12. I love “The Storied Life of AJ Fikery” so much that I’m compelled to write to you. Our book group is meeting 5-9-16, Tuesday at 1:00 and I’m hosting the biggest group we have ever had—21 ladies ready to talk about your book and share opinions and insights.
    Are you available in the future to attend book groups and/or speak at book festivals? We would be honored to meet you and provide an enthusiastic audience. Please let me know how something like that can be arranged.
    With sincere thanks for the many hours of reading pleasure you have provided me,
    Jan Rightmer
    18627 Lancashire Way
    San Diego, CA 92128
    American Association of University Women
    Book Group. 858-205-1942

  13. I read off the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry just now. I love it, the only thing i want to say is the cover. I know it has spent over four months on the New York Times Best Seller list, and the cover said so. But i think may be A.J won’t like it. May be i am a little immersed in the book.╮(╯▽╰)╭

  14. Hi Gabrielle,
    The story developed in your pens placidly. Without radical changes,the story seems like more fetching!!! I love it so much. Thank you ~

  15. You made me laugh. (Crack pipe!) People looked at me funny. You made me cry (he dies)(he dies trying to say LOVE) and people looked at me funny again. Pity them. I’ve the urge to buy everyone copies.

    Thank you for changing me. I could hug the air right out of you.

  16. Ever since I read Elsewhere as a young girl, I have been a huge fan of your writing style and the fascinating storylines and plots that you create. Your stories are timeless classics in my mind that branch beyond and provide a new, unique perspective on many ordinary aspects of life. As I am beginning to read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, I just want to thank you for providing us book lovers with yet another wonderful work of art. This will be my sixth book I have read by you, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to read more of your great works of art! 🙂

  17. Thank you for AJ and Maya and Amy and everyone on Alice Island. I miss them already.
    PS. Aren’t pugs the best??
    We have one.

  18. I have not finished the last book of the birth right series but I am dying to know what win texts to Anaya means when she is in Japan please help

  19. I just discovered Your book, ‘The storied life of AJ Fikry’. It was the last in the board, that’s why. I sit in bed, it’s 12.30 p.m., and I’m on page 12. I already know that I want to read all Your other books as well.

  20. The book named The Stories Life Of A.J.Fikry is very nice. I love it. Maybe I will also write a book oneday, I wish it can be translated into other languages amap.

  21. The book All these things I have done and because it is my blood are the best novels that deserves an Oscar. ..
    Gabrielle Zevin u are the best!!!!!

  22. I want to know about Naomi and Will.. I want to know what happened to them.. if those playlists ever made it to their big day

  23. Just finished reading in one sitting today The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. Sitting inside in our rented cottage on the Oregon coast for a few days and plunked down and couldn’t stop reading

    Thank you!! Happy New Year and keep writing

    Julie Beck

  24. Hello Gabrielle

    If you are ever in the Philadelphia area, please visit this very charming new independent bookshop called Narberth Bookshop. The owner, who I met yesterday has The Storied Life of AJ Fikry prominently displayed. I commented how much I love your book and she agreed whole heartedly. I actually was handed your book by my previous bookstore employee in Switzerland. After I finished it I posted it on my Facebook page encouraging my reading buddies that your book was a must read!! It would be cool if you could visit this amazing shop if you were ever in Philly Thanks and looking forward to more of your fabulous writing.

  25. Merely curious, but are you related to the Yiddish journalist and novelist Israel J Zevin (d. 1926) ? He was immensely popular 100 years ago, but sadly forgotten todayp

  26. Enjoyed “A Storied Life of AJ Fikry.” Was my summer read in Bali. I was shocked though about how you used poor Dave Wallace as a literary device. He was a real person who was sweet and very funny with friends and family who miss him (although something tells me he might find humor in that). Did you know him?

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